In March 2012 the BCA made an initial submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012.
We have now lodged a submission with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on Reporting Matters under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
In this second submission, we explain that we do not support any additional reporting on workplace gender equity issues because:
- the most effective way of increasing the adoption of work arrangements that increase gender equality is by disseminating information that showcases the benefits of such arrangements
- sufficient information is already available to enable the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to monitor and report on gender equality
issues; there is no need to duplicate available information and unnecessarily increase business reporting and compliance costs
- it is inconsistent to exempt the public sector from reporting requirements due to cost pressures, but mandate them for the private sector despite these costs.