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This instrument sets minimum standards that apply to specified relevant employers (those with 500 or more employees) in respect of gender equality indicators (for example gender composition of the workforce).
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Registered 28 Mar 2014
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR13-May-2014
Tabled Senate14-May-2014

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Workplace Gender Equality (Minimum Standards) Instrument 2014


Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012

I, ERIC ABETZ, Minister for Employment, make the following instrument under subsection 19(1) of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

Dated  26th March 2014




Minister for Employment






1                 Name of instrument

                   This instrument is the Workplace Gender Equality (Minimum Standards) Instrument 2014.

2                 Commencement

                   This instrument commences on the day after it is registered.

3                 Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 19(1) of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

4                 Definitions

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

Employer means a relevant employer that is the employer of 500 or more employees in Australia.

Note: relevant employer is defined by subsection 3(1) of the Act.

Unless words are defined to the contrary in the definitions they have the same meaning as the Act.

5                 Minimum Standards

             (1)  The minimum standards set by subsection 5(3) apply in relation to an Employer for the reporting period commencing 1 April 2015 and each subsequent reporting period.

             (2)  In relation to the reporting period commencing on 1 April 2014, the minimum standards set by subsection 5(3) apply to an Employer for the period 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2015.

             (3)  For subsection 19(1) of the Act, the following minimum standards are set:

                     (a)  Employers must have in place policies or strategies to support one or more of the gender equality indicators specified in column 1 of the following table; and

                     (b)  the policies or strategies put in place for paragraph 5(3)(a) must aim to achieve the particular objective for a gender equality indicator specified in the corresponding column 2 of the table.



Column 1

Gender equality indicator

Column 2



Gender composition of the workforce

Supporting gender equality in the Employer’s workplace


Equal remuneration between women and men

In relation to employees of the Employer, equal remuneration between women and men


Availability and utility of employment terms, conditions and practices relating to flexible working arrangements for employees and to working arrangements supporting employees with family or caring responsibilities

Flexible working arrangements for employees of the Employer with caring responsibilities


Sex-based harassment and discrimination

Sex-based harassment and discrimination prevention in the Employer’s workplace