Although Australia prides itself on being a land of equality with a “fair go” for all, there are still inequalities in employment. Australian women earn 17.5% less than their male counterparts. Gender pay discrimination begins early with salaries of women graduates only 90.9% of men’s. At the board level, only 16.4% of ASX200 board seats are held by women.
Catalyst Australia Women Research and Consulting Limited provides a research-based approach to the issues facing women and business in Australia. Australia is uniquely positioned for increasing gender representation in the workplace because of a variety of government initiatives and the information, resources, and tools available from the Australian government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). WGEA is a Catalyst Census partner, and the co-branded annual Australian Census of Women in Leadership tracks the advancement of Australia’s women in the workplace. In addition, Catalyst and the Diversity Council Australia have shared knowledge in the area of supporting women at work.
By providing the full spectrum of Catalyst research, tools, practices, and innovative solutions, Catalyst Australia will empower companies, firms, business schools, and associations with the resources needed to become diverse and inclusive organizations.
Catalyst Events in Australia
Catalyst Australia: Becoming an Inclusive Leader
Although we’ve come a long way, biases and stereotypes still remain problematic within the workplace. Catalyst is laying those issues out on the table. In two sessions, Vandana Juneja, Senior Director, Catalyst, will delve into issues surrounding biases and stereotypes in the workplace and help business leaders interrupt internal biases and work toward creating more inclusive work environments. Among the topics to be discussed are what biases and stereotypes really are and why they matter, how to address biases as they relate to the talent management process, and how to develop a work culture that promotes inclusivity.
MARC Meet-Up: Becoming a Champion for Gender Inclusion in Your Workplace: Sydney
Men play an essential part in creating inclusive workplaces, but are often left out of conversations addressing gender initiatives. Catalyst’s MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) community is looking to change that by providing an avenue for men to openly discuss issues concerning gender equality in the workplace. Join Vandana Juneja, Senior Director, Catalyst, on November 26 for a candid and thought-provoking panel featuring Michael Flood and Graeme Russell about gender inclusion. The event will be held in Sydney. Learn more about it here.
Check our calendar for monthly webinars on a wide variety of topics.
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Australia is a Catalyst Award-winning country!
At the annual Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner, we recognize innovative organizational initiatives that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Initiatives from two Australian companies have already received the Catalyst Award:
Commonwealth Bank of Australia—Opening the Door for Gender Diversity (2012).
Telstra Corporation Limited—Next Generation Gender Diversity: Accelerating Change for Women Leaders (2010)
In the News
One is the new zero: A single woman on a board isn’t enough to create change, August 26, 2015, Women’s Agenda, by Catherine Fox
Talking Point: Business works better with women on board. July 15, 2015, The Mercury, by Lindy O’Neill.
Gender diversity needs a mixed team playing on a united front. April 25, 2015, The Australian, by Sonia McDonald.
Catalyst members join a global community of organizations striving to develop and improve ways to recruit, retain, and advance women in the workplace. Different benefit packages are offered to accommodate member priorities. All members receive exclusive access to high impact content, events, and services. In addition, Research Partners support our research and join an elite community of organizations committed to making change.
About Catalyst Australia
Founded in 2013, Catalyst Australia has a deep understanding of the issues women face in the workplace and is at the forefront of research, practices, and trends related to gender diversity in Australian organizations.