24
Jan 18

8 top tips from female public sector leaders

8 top tips from female public sector leaders Despite the incredible strides made towards gender equality in the last decade, women in senior level positions continue to be significantly underrepresented. For women struggling to overcome professional, personal and structural challenges, we have put together 8 pieces of advice taken from Senior Leaders speaking at the … Continue reading 8 top tips from female public sector leaders

11
Oct 17

7 key findings from the OECD report: The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle

The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle, a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlights that little progress has been made since the 2012 OECD report Closing the Gender Gap Now. Here’s a summary of the key findings from the report. Women in OECD countries leave school with better … Continue reading 7 key findings from the OECD report: The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle

16
Sep 16

Women ask but don’t receive when it comes to equal pay rises

Women ask for pay rises just as often as men, but are 25% less likely to be successful in their request according to new research. The study, ‘Do Women Ask?’ investigated the claim that women are often less assertive than their male colleagues when it comes to negotiating their pay, therefore contributing to the gender … Continue reading Women ask but don’t receive when it comes to equal pay rises

30
Aug 16

Creating your own leadership opportunities

Traditional leadership opportunities can be hard to get. Thirty-four per cent of EL employees in the APS have no direct reports, and a further 26 per cent have performance management responsibility for only one to two employees[1]. This is known as a narrow span of control[2] and can make it difficult to get a promotion … Continue reading Creating your own leadership opportunities

27
Jul 16

Forget the glass ceiling, are you on a glass cliff?

The glass cliff refers to a phenomenon where women (and other minorities) are more likely to be appointed or promoted to leadership roles during times of crisis, therefore facing harsher criticism and greater risk of failure when attempting to rectify inherited problems. A number of reasons have been suggested for why women are more likely … Continue reading Forget the glass ceiling, are you on a glass cliff?

22
Jul 16

Gender Equality in STEM: Houston we have a problem!

I have been fascinated by science, and in particular chemistry, since about the age of 12, and I pursued this interest to career level. Along that journey I sort of accepted that there ‘would not be many other girls in the class’, that my interests were ‘counter to the norm’. Being a minority was a … Continue reading Gender Equality in STEM: Houston we have a problem!

14
Jul 16

Why it’s time to be impatient about gender equality

It’s been more than 15 years since the first workplace equality legislation was introduced in Australia. Yet we’re still a long way from seeing equal pay or an equal number of females in senior roles, particularly in STEM. Quite simply, the time for being patient is over. Being patient means waiting another 118 years until … Continue reading Why it’s time to be impatient about gender equality

09
May 16

Building a diverse and inclusive Australian public service

A diverse workforce needs to be accompanied by an inclusive culture, or else organisations will never truly harness the benefits that can be derived from diversity. Yet until recently there hasn’t been much practical guidance for employers on inclusive leadership. Last year, Diversity Council Australia released research on what it takes to develop more inclusive … Continue reading Building a diverse and inclusive Australian public service