Women@Work Conference to boost workplace equality

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.

Women@Work Conference

Building Equal Workplaces

21 March 2018
Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) Federation Square


The agenda for the conference is as follows:

TimeAgenda itemLocation
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


  • Julie Lander – CEO CareSuper
  • Pia Cerveri – Women’s and Equality Co-Lead Organiser, Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Santilla Chingaipe – Journalist/Filmmaker
Cinema 2
2:45pm Afternoon tea The Lightwell
3:30pm Break-out sessions: Practical ‘How-To’s’ for Industry and Employers
  • How to undertake a gender/equal pay audit
    Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • How to implement flexible work arrangements
    Office of Prevention and Women’s Equality and Australian Industry Group
  • How to address gendered violence and OHS obligations
    Victorian Trades Hall Council

Each break-out session will contribute some of the material for the ‘Gender Pay Equality Toolkits’

Cinema 1
Cinema 2
The Cube
4:30pm Panel and Q&A session: ‘Shifting the Dial’: The Business Case for Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Moderator: MC Martine Harte


  • Fiona Vines – Global Head, Inclusion & Diversity BHP
  • Julie Toth – Chief Economist, Australian Industry Group
  • Professor Jeff Borland – Academic Economist, The University of Melbourne
Cinema 2
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

The Lightwell
7:30pm Close