What you need to do to comply with the Gender Equality Act

What you’re required to do under the Gender Equality Act 2020 and when these obligations start.

About the Gender Equality Act obligations

Gender equality will be achieved when women, men and gender diverse people can access and enjoy equal resources and opportunities regardless of gender.

The Gender Equality Act 2020 requires certain organisations with more than 50 employees (defined entities) to complete 5 key tasks to meet their obligations under the Act:

  1. Promote gender equality
  2. Conduct gender impact assessments
  3. Undertake a workplace gender audit
  4. Create a Gender Equality Action Plan
  5. Report on progress

Find out if the Act applies to your organisation

The Gender Equality Act 2020 applies to 'defined entities' which are certain organisations with 50 or more employees.

Find out if your organisation is a defined entity

Promoting gender equality

You need to consider, promote and take positive action towards achieving gender equality when developing and delivering policies, programs and services that have an impact on the public.

This duty will ensure the Victorian public sector, local councils and universities make lasting and genuine progress towards gender equality across our community.

Find out more about promoting gender equality

Gender impact assessments

Gender impact assessments (GIAs) are designed to help organisations think critically about how their policies, programs and services will meet the needs of women, men and gender diverse people. These assessments can help organisations ensure all people have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Gender impact assessments should be included in your normal process for developing policies, programs and services that have a direct and significant impact on the public.

The gender impact assessment toolkit will help you assess the gendered impact of your policies, programs and services. It sets out a best-practice gender impact assessment process and includes templates for recording information, analysis and outcomes.

Access the gender impact assessment hub

Workplace gender equality audit

Workplace gender auditing will help you understand your baseline and assess progress towards gender equality in your workplace. You must use your audit data to inform your Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP).

You will need to undertake a workplace gender audit every 4 years, in the same year that you do your GEAP. Please note, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, deadlines for submission of your first audit data have been extended.

Guidance materials and templates are available to help you conduct a workplace gender audit and submit your results to the Commission.

Find out more about how to do a workplace gender audit

Gender Equality Action Plan

Your Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) will help you plan, apply and make progress towards gender equality. You need to develop and submit a GEAP every 4 years. Please note, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, deadlines for submission of your first GEAP have been extended.

Guidance material is available to help you develop your GEAP, which sets out what you need to include. It also provides additional recommended steps that you can follow to ensure your GEAP is clear, useable and based on data and meaningful consultation.

Learn about how to develop a Gender Equality Action Plan

Reporting on progress

Reporting on progress will ensure that organisations covered by the Act are meeting their obligations to promote gender equality in the workplace as prescribed in the Act.

You are required to submit a progress report to the Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner every two years.

Read more about reporting on progress

Note: detailed guidance on progress reporting will be available in 2023

Important dates

Submitting your Gender Equality Action Plans and progress reports

The reporting platform is now live and ready for you to submit your GEAP.

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