The Victorian Government is bringing together key businesses leaders, decision-makers and influencers to tackle gender pay inequity.
The Women@Work Conference on Wednesday 21 March will provide a platform to act on the gender pay gap and the economic and workforce consequences of persistent gender inequity for Victorian workers and businesses, in the lead up to Equal Pay Day in September 2018.
A major initiative of Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Women, Prevention of Family Violence and Industrial Relations – the Victorian Government through Industrial Relations Victoria, the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council and the Office for Prevention and Women’s Equality, the conference will engage businesses, influencers and decision-makers to champion gender equity and equal pay in the workplace.
To be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square, the conference will provide practical tools for businesses and organisations to enable them to boost workplace equality.
The Victorian Government is sponsoring this conference as a free event as an opportunity for businesses and organisations to have the tools and information they need to take a leadership role in workplace equality.
The conference will use experts to explain the gender pay gap and demonstrate a business case for its closure.
It will focus on equal pay and flexible work. This includes training and information on how gender pay gaps develop, how to conduct a gender pay audit, how to implement flexible work arrangements and employer OHS obligations in relation to sexual harassment.
Participants will learn about what government is doing to address gender pay inequality and have the opportunity to ask frank, honest questions about business considerations for closing the gender pay gap.
Building Equal Workplaces
21 March 2018
Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) Federation Square
The agenda for the conference is as follows:
|12:30pm||Doors open, registration||The Lightwell|
|1pm||Opening address MC Martine Harte – Director, Engaging Women||Cinema 2|
|1:10pm||Equal Workplaces for Victorian Women The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Women||Cinema 2|
|1:30pm||Panel and Q&A session: The Gender Pay Gap and the Questions You Can’t Ask|
Moderator: Liberty Sanger – Principal, Board Member and Practice Group Leader at Maurice Blackburn and Chair of the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council
|2:45pm||Afternoon tea||The Lightwell|
|3:30pm||Break-out sessions: Practical ‘How-To’s’ for Industry and Employers|
Each break-out session will contribute some of the material for the ‘Gender Pay Equality Toolkits’
|4:30pm||Panel and Q&A session: ‘Shifting the Dial’: The Business Case for Closing the Gender Pay Gap|
Moderator: MC Martine Harte
|5:30pm||Keynote speech: A ‘call to action’ on gender equality Jackie Woods, Engagement Executive Manager, Workplace Gender Equality Agency||The Lightwell|
|6pm||Gender Equality Pledge and closing address MC Martine Harte||The Lightwell|
|6:30pm||Networking event commencing with address: Celebration of ‘Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy’ – Actions and Achievements Report, Year One
The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Women