The 119 employers recognised as employers of choice for gender equality

The 119 employers recognised as employers of choice for gender equality

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has announced the 2019-2020 Employers of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE), naming 119 organisation who have received the citation, down from 144 last year.

The 119 employers have been recognised for their commitment to improving key gender equality metrics. Of these 119 organisations, 14 are first-time recipients of the EOCGE citation, including manufacturing company Kellogg’s (Aust) Pty Ltd and construction firm Laing O’Rourke.

Also released today, to coincide with EOCGE announcement, is a report produced by the University of Queensland and the WGEA, that reveals this group of leading employers are closing their pay gaps at a faster rate than the general workforce.

The report outlines a 9.2 percentage point drop in EOCGE organisations’ total remuneration gender pay gap compared to a 3.7 percentage point decrease for other reporting organisations between 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Employers with the EOCGE citation also have a higher representation of women at all management levels and on their boards.

The organisations have also shown a stronger pipeline of women moving into senior management roles over a five-year period. They have a higher proportion of women working full-time, with 57 per cent of female employees working full-time in EOCGE organisations compared with 39 per cent in the general workforce.

Each year, EOCGE citation holders demonstrate that they meet a rigorous and evidence-based set of criteria that are necessary drive of gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The criteria focuses on seven areas covering leadership, strategy and accountability, pay equity, support for caring, mainstreaming flexible work and prevention of harassment and discrimination.

Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, said it was clear from the new report that the ECOGE citation had generated significant change within these organisations.

“This new research shows that positive and measurable improvements have been made by our EOCGE citation holders. These leading employers are closing their pay gaps and increasing their representation of women in management at a faster rate than other employers in our dataset. These findings alone demonstrate the tangible and positive impact of the EOCGE citation.”

In 2018-2019, a record 141 organisations were recognised with the citation, however a recent update the eligibility criteria raised the bar for applicants this year.

“This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes,” Lyons said.

“I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements.

“As the research we released today demonstrates, these employers have reaped the many business and workplace culture benefits from implementing leading-practice measures in their workplaces.”

The list of EOCGE citation holders for 2019-2020 is as follows:

AbbVie Pty Ltd


AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Alcoa of Australia Limited


Allianz Australia Services Pty Ltd

American Express Australia Limited

Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd

Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd

The Australian Catholic University Limited

AustralianSuper Pty Ltd

Avanade Australia Pty Ltd

B & McK Services Trust

Bain and Company

Baker McKenzie Australia

Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd

Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd


Boston Consulting Group

Caltex Australia Pty Ltd Limited

Challenger Limited

Charles Sturt University

Clayton Utz

Clough Projects

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd

Deakin University


Dentons Australia Limited

Dexus Holdings Pty Limited

Diageo Australia Ltd

DLA Piper Australia

Edith Cowan University

First State Super

Frasers Property AHL Limited


Gilbert + Tobin

Hall & Wilcox



Holding Redlich

HSBC Bank Australia Limited


IRESS Limited

Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

K&L Gates

Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd

King & Wood Mallesons

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

KPMG Australia Services

La Trobe University

Laing O’Rourke Australia

Lander & Rogers

Lendlease Corporation Limited

Lion Pty Ltd

L’Oreal Australia Pty Ltd

Macquarie University


Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

McCullough Robertson Lawyers

McKinsey & Company


Mercedes – Benz Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd

Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd

Mercy Health

Merri Health

Metcash Trading Limited


Mirvac Projects Limited

MLC Limited


My Pathway

National Australia Bank Limited

Norman Disney & Young

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Novotech (Australia) Pty Ltd

Origin Energy Ltd

ORIX Australia Corporation Limited

Perpetual Limited

Philips Electronics Australia Limited

PwC Australia

QinetiQ Pty Ltd

Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd

RMIT University

Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Scentre Group

Smartgroup Corporation Ltd

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

St Barbara Limited

Stockland Development Pty Limited

Suncorp Group

Super Retail Group Ltd



Teachers Health

TelstraSuper Pty Ltd

The GPT Group

The Smith’s Snackfood Company Pty Ltd

The University of Newcastle

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thoughtworks Australia Pty Ltd

TEG Pty Ltd

Toyota Finance Australia

Transdev Australasia

Transurban Limited


Unilever Australia Limited

United Super Pty Ltd (Cbus)

University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong

UOW Global Enterprises

Victoria University

Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Western Sydney University

WSP Australia Pty Ltd

YWCA Canberra

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