Current Activities and Projects

AGEC will achieve its mission through direct programs, targeted research, public advocacy and policy development as well as through support for the initiatives of other like-minded organisations. AGEC is currently involved in multiple initiatives. To explore what we are currently doing, see below.

Current Campaigns

Here is your opportunity to drive change towards gender equality in Australia

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AGEC Newsletters

The Director’s Blog

Welcome to the Director’s Blog!

Each month an AGEC Board member provides a blog that reflects on current topics and key priorities for gender equality.

Gender Equality Lessons from Women on Boards

In July, 2021, with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the University of Queensland (UQ), AGEC investigated how Australia had reached over 34% women on its ASX200 boards as well as implications for the future.  

In this blog, Dr Terry Fitzsimmons, AGEC’s Managing Director and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland Business School, explains what the study found and explores what we can learn from it in further gender equality in the workplace.  

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Respect@Work – what you can do today to drive change

Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame’s courageous story telling has ignited a fire within all of us who are working hard to shift societal and workplace attitudes to ensure safety and respect at work for everyone. This fire will not be extinguished by talk – only by action.

So how do we move from talk to action – what are the actions we can take as leaders in our own organisation TODAY?

In this blog Louise Weine explores the current context and attempt to provide you with links to useful resources and a clear pathway to action.

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Policy Position Statements

Universal Childcare – the Power to Transform our Economy

The 2021 Federal Budget was a missed opportunity for significant economic reform — something that would inject billions of dollars into the Australian economy and a significant step toward achieving true gender equality in the workplace.  The economic argument for universal early childhood education is strong; what makes it compelling is the opportunity for step change for gender equality and providing Australian children with quality early learning for a better future.  AGEC believes this a once in a lifetime opportunity to use stimulus measures for longer term economic reform. #ItsTime

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AGEC calls for Decisive Action to end Sexual Harassment

The Australian Gender Equality Council believes all people must be respected and be safe from the threat of violence and sexual harassment. We call upon the Prime Minister, National Cabinet and every elected Member of Parliament to act against gendered violence in the Parliamentary workplace as an example to every Australian workplace. All 55 recommendations of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s 2020 Report must be implemented as a top priority, and the government must ratify the International Convention on eliminating violence and harassment at work. #ItsTime

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News

June 2021 – How did the Federal Budget measure up against AGEC’s Gender Equality Manifesto?

Our assessment is “Needs Improvement”. 

Though the Budget took some important steps to recognise the issues facing women in Australia today, it was a missed opportunity for significant structural and economic reform to achieve a gender-equal society. 

The key women’s initiatives in the Budget are welcomed but do not go far enough, and are unlikely to provide the long term structural change needed to achieve gender equality.

$3.4 billion towards women is less than 1% of overall budget, far short of what it could and should be.

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October 2019 – AGEC Launches Gender Equality Manifesto

In October 2019 AGEC launched its Manifesto for Gender Equality, a comprehensive statement of what true gender equality looks like and what is required to achieve it. Covering 12 dimensions of work and life, AGEC’s Manifesto identifies the causes of inequality, not...

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November 2018

In November 2018, AGEC released its first research report into gender differences in career aspiration, self-confidence and leadership of school age children entitled “Hands Up For Gender Equality”.  The groundbreaking study dispelled the common myth that...

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Current Projects

Gender Equality Lessons from Women on Boards

In July, 2021, with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the University of Queensland (UQ), AGEC investigated how Australia had reached over 34% women on its ASX200 boards as well as implications for the future.  

In this blog, Dr Terry Fitzsimmons, AGEC’s Managing Director and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland Business School, explains what the study found and explores what we can learn from it in further gender equality in the workplace.  

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Hands Up for Gender Equality –Major Study into Confidence and Career Intentions of Adolescent Girls and Boys Dec 2018

Hands Up for Gender Equality –Major Study into Confidence and Career Intentions of Adolescent Girls and Boys Dec 2018

In partnership with the UQ Business School and the Alliance of Girl Schools Australasia, AGEC released its inaugural Report on this world-first research piece setting out the facts about gender differences in adolescent children. Based on a comprehensive study of 10,000 school girls and boys, the study revealed about girl’s confidence levels and important information about ongoing gender influences in our children’s career intentions. The study’s results provide key insights that require further study to inform how we tackle persistent gender inequality going forward. A second report on the results of this study is due for release later in 2019

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AGEC Seeks Support for National HUGE Study

AGEC Seeks Support for National HUGE Study

Building on the success of the Hands Up for Gender Equality Study and Report, AGEC and AIBE Center for Gender Equality in the Workplace, have developed a proposal to undertake a comprehensive National Study into boys and girls confidence, leadership and career intentions. AGEC and AIBE are seeking assistance and co-operation from the Federal and State Governments to undertake the National Study and financial contributions from business and government to carry it out. The Study aligns with the STEM Decadal plan and has received positive responses from many parts of the community and our Member Organisations. This comprehensive National Study will provide important evidence on which to base school and community based initiatives to eliminate gender bias in our schooling system and community.

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Modelling the gender pay gap and superannuation outcomes for women

Modelling the gender pay gap and superannuation outcomes for women

Collaborating with FINSIA, the WGEA and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at UQ, AGEC will model the causes and impact of the gender pay and superannuation gap. It will undertake analysis of the contributing factors to form the basis of recommended changes to government policy and workplace practice.

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