Defined entities under the Gender Equality Act

Find out if your organisation has obligations under the Gender Equality Act 2020.

What is a defined entity?

The Act applies to certain organisations that have 50 or more employees, including:

  • public service bodies
  • public entities
  • special bodies
  • local councils
  • universities
  • Court Services Victoria
  • Office of Public Prosecutions

Defined entities have obligations to promote workplace gender equality and consider gender equality in their policies, programs and services.

Read the list of defined entities

Local government

Meeting your obligations under the Gender Equality Act 2020 will satisfy the gender equality planning requirements of the Local Government Act 2020.

Read advice for local government


Victoria’s universities already collect data against a set of workplace gender equality indicators under the federal Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The reporting period for universities will be consistent with requirements under that Act. Read more about progress reports.

Read advice for universities

Reviewed 15 June 2021

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