The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has released its annual list of Employers of Choice for Gender Equality.

This year the list features 106 companies, up from 90 last year and 76 in 2014, despite more rigorous criteria.

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the growing list indicated that the business benefits and competitive advantage gained by addressing gender equality in the workplace were becoming more widely recognised.

“Employers increasingly recognise that equal participation by women and men at all levels of an organisation is good for workplace culture and performance,” Lyons said.

“WGEA data shows there is progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, but it is too slow.

“It is only through more employers taking the initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up.”

The organisations that made the cut range from small professional services firms to very large organisations including universities and banks, with male-dominated, female-dominated and mixed industries represented.

Trends among this year’s recipients which span industries from transport, engineering, manufacturing, insurance and law, include:

  • Flexibility for all employees across an organisation
  • Programs to support women into leadership and technical positions
  • Tailored parental leave and return-to-work policies
  • Supporting men’s caring responsibilities
  • Robust analysis and correction of gender pay gaps

The top 106 employers of women in Australia this year

  1. Accenture Australia Ltd
  2. AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
  3. Alcoa of Australia Limited
  4. Allens
  5. Allianz Australia Services Pty Limited
  6. American Express Australia Limited
  7. AMP Limited
  8. [email protected] Limited
  9. Arup Pty Limited
  10. Ashurst
  11. ASX Limited
  12. Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd
  13. Aurizon Holdings Limited
  14. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
  15. Australian Catholic University
  16. AustralianSuper Pty Ltd
  17. B & McK Services Trust
  18. Baker & McKenzie
  19. Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd
  20. Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd
  21. Benetas
  22. Brightside
  23. Bankwest
  24. Caltex Australia Limited
  25. Carsales.com Limited
  26. Citigroup Pty Limited
  27. Clayton Utz
  28. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  29. Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  30. Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  31. Credit Union Australia Ltd
  32. Curtin University
  33. Deakin University
  34. Deloitte Australia
  35. DLA Piper Australia
  36. Dow Chemical (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
  37. Edith Cowan University
  38. EY
  39. First State Super
  40. GE Australia Pty Ltd
  41. Genworth
  42. GHD Services Pty Ltd
  43. Gilbert + Tobin
  44. Griffith University
  45. HESTA
  46. Henry Davis York
  47. Herbert Smith Freehills
  48. Holding Redlich
  49. HSBC Bank Australia Limited
  50. Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
  51. K&L Gates
  52. King & Wood Mallesons (Australia)
  53. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
  54. KPMG Australia
  55. La Trobe University
  56. Lauriston Girls’ School
  57. Lend Lease Corporation Limited
  58. Little Company of Mary Health Care Limited
  59. Maddocks
  60. McCullough Robertson Lawyers
  61. McKinsey and Company
  62. Medibank Private Limited
  63. Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd
  64. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd
  65. Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
  66. Mercy Health
  67. Minter Ellison
  68. Mirvac Group
  69. Monash University
  70. National Australia Bank Limited
  71. Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  72. Origin Energy Limited
  73. Peoplebank Australia Limited
  74. PepsiCo
  75. Philip Morris Limited
  76. PPG Industries Australia Pty Ltd
  77. Publicis Loyalty
  78. PwC
  79. Queensland Country Credit Union Limited
  80. QUT
  81. SAP Australia Pty Ltd
  82. Shell Australia Pty
  83. St Barbara Limited
  84. Stockland
  85. Suncorp
  86. Swinburne University of Technology
  87. Tabcorp Holdings Limited
  88. TAL Services Limited
  89. Teachers Health Fund
  90. Teachers Mutual Bank Limited
  91. Telstra Corporation Limited
  92. The Law Society of New South Wales
  93. The University of Newcastle
  94. ThoughtWorks Australia Pty Ltd
  95. Transurban Limited
  96. UBS AG
  97. University of Canberra
  98. University of Southern Queensland
  99. University of Technology Sydney
  100. University of Wollongong
  101. UOW Enterprises
  102. VMware Australia Pty Ltd
  103. Warrigal
  104. Western Sydney University
  105. Westpac Group
  106. YWCA Canberra

This article was originally published on Women’s Agenda.

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