Broadspectrum approved for Gender Equality

Broadspectrum has been declared as compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), and as an organisation that meets the requirements for 2016-2017.

This is the result of a submission to the annual WGEA questionnaire and workplace profile, completed at the end of May this year. Broadspectrum’s diversity and inclusion initiatives have allowed the rate of female participation in our business to grow to over 30 per cent at the time of submission, which is between five to ten per cent higher than similar industries.

Broadspectrum’s Group Director Human Resources, Grant Kerswell was pleased with the result of the evaluation: “We recognise the importance of diversity to our organisation, and one key focus area for us has been to improve the gender-balance of our workforce, and make efforts to increase the female participation across all our industries right from the start. For instance, our #SpectrumGrad program has successfully attracted a 50/50 gender mix across all disciplines, and we’re extending these efforts at all levels of our organisation”.

All non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees are required to report annually to the WGEA. The reporting is done against a set of standardised gender equality indicators (GEIs), which include gender composition of the workforce and governing bodies, equal remuneration between women and men, access to employee benefits and flexible working arrangements, consultation with employees on gender equality, and prevention and elimination of sex-based harassment and discrimination.

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 replaced the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999. The strengthened legislation aims to improve and promote equality for both women and men in the workplace. In addition to the objectives supporting the GEIs, it has the objective of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality.

The female participation in our business has grown to over 30 per cent, as reported in the 2016-2017 WGEA report, which is between five to ten per cent higher than similar industries.