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Workplace Gender Equality Amendment (Closing the Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2023

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Before Reps
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Amends the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 to: require the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to publish gender pay gap information of relevant employers for each reporting period; rename the current 'minimum standards' as 'gender equality standards'; require relevant employers to provide executive summary and industry benchmark reports to all members of their governing body; include 'sexual harassment', 'harassment on the ground of sex' or 'discrimination' as gender equality indicators; change the title of the 'Director' of the WGEA to 'Chief Executive Officer'; and make a technical amendment to the definition of 'reporting period'.


Introduced and read a first time 08 Feb 2023
Second reading moved 08 Feb 2023
Second reading debate 23 Mar 2023
Second reading agreed to 23 Mar 2023
Third reading agreed to 23 Mar 2023
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23 Mar 2023

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