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Gender Equality in the Workplace

The new Act will:

  • New law drives gender equality at work – EOWA 22 November 2012)
    The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, passed by federal parliament tonight, is a landmark development on the journey to gender equality in Australian workplaces. It: focuses on gender equality including equal pay between women and men; promotes the elimination of discrimination on the basis of family and caring responsibilities; will provide ground-breaking data on the state of gender equality in Australian workplaces; will change the name of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The Act is a significant advance on its predecessor, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999, shifting the focus from equal opportunity for women to gender equality, which is more contemporary and relevant.


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