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MEDIA RELEASE – THE POLITICS OF GENDER DIVERSITY

MEDIA RELEASE

18 August 2016

The National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) will tomorrow bring together representatives from key West Australian businesses in the operations sector to hear how the Federal Government’s agenda for women in the workplace and industrial relations will impact on how they do business over the next three years.

At an event in Perth, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women and Employment, will share the Government’s agenda for her portfolio areas over this term of government, with a specific focus on opportunities for female workforce participation and talent development.

“Historically WA has suffered the largest gap in pay between men and women, and WA continues to perform poorly more broadly when it comes to workplace gender diversity,” NAWO WA State Committee Chair Anna Dartnell said.

“Statistics from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) show that 27.4% of key management positions in Australia are held by women,” Mrs Dartnell said. “In WA, that figure drops to 22.3%, or just over one in five.:

“Nationally, the gender pay gap sits at 19%, and  24% when total remuneration is considered, but in WA these figures are 24% and 30.5% respectively.”

Mrs Dartnell highlighted the challenges that businesses in traditionally male dominated operational fields faced when it came to recruiting, retaining and promoting women into senior roles.

“There are clearly structural and cultural barriers that we are overcoming in terms of working both to encourage more women in to the sector, and to creating the kinds of workplace conditions and incentives to keep them there and create meaningful roles that can see them progress to executive levels,” Mrs Dartnell said.

“NAWO’s role is to support its member organisations to build the pipeline of female talent available to succeed into key management positions, and to support women working in operational roles and business to both set their sights on more senior roles and develop the necessary skills.”

“This event is a excellent opportunity for our members to gain an intimate and first-hand understanding of the Government’s plans for workforce participation and broader gender equality issues in Australia from one of its most senior members.”

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About 11 hours ago from NAWO's Twitter via Gain Platform