Teachers Health Fund named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for 2015

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has today announced the list of Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders and Teachers Health Fund is delighted to be one of only 90 organisations nationwide to receive the prestigious citation.

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The EOCGE citation commenced in 2014, replacing the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), reflecting the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace.

The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to compliance with the Act.

Criteria for the citation cover leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination and targets for improving gender equality outcomes. Criteria are strengthened each year to reflect best practice.

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said: "The initiatives demonstrated by this year's EOCGE recipients showed that more employers were taking a sophisticated and whole-of-organisation approach to supporting women and men's equal participation at all levels of the workplace."

Teachers Health Fund has been focused on gender equality for the last ten years and the number of women across Teachers Health Fund now stands at 66%, including representation at the executive management and management levels. In addition, female representation on Teachers Health Fund's Board is currently 40%, including a female Chairperson.

Teachers Health Fund CEO Brad Joyce said: "As the seventh largest private health insurer in Australia and the largest industry-based health fund, we're particularly proud to lead the way in gender equality and are delighted that our work in this area has been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency."

Libby Lyons noted, "The spread of industries and organisational size in this year's list of citation holders is very encouraging and highlights growing awareness of the value of taking a strategic and systematic approach to gender diversity. It's especially encouraging that more organisations are looking for ways to actively support women and men to balance their caring responsibilities while also pursuing their careers."

Continuous improvement, including that of gender equality, remains an ongoing objective for Teachers Health Fund. Mr Joyce concluded, "The value that I and Teachers Health Fund's Chairperson and Board place on gender equality across the organisation will support our continued success in achieving our goals and objectives on behalf of our members."

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The Agency is responsible for administering the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency's vision is for women and men to be equally represented, valued and rewarded in the workplace. The Agency was formerly known as the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. For more information visit wgea.gov.au