Women and Work Research Group

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act and Agency Review - Roundtable Discussion

Mairi Steele; Sue Williamson; Sara Charlesworth; Glenda Strachan, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency; University of Sydney; RMIT; Griffith University

4th Aug 2009  09:00 am - 11:30 am Women's College, Sydney University, 15 Carillon Ave, Newtown

Over ten years on from the 1998 review of the Affirmative Action Act 1986 which resulted in the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999, the Minister for the Status for Women has announced a review of the 1999 Act and the Agency. The Roundtable is intended to generate ideas for those making submissions to the review. Its terms of reference include examining the role of the EOWW Act and Agency in gathering and reporting on workplace data, considering how effective the Act has been in delivering EEO in the workplace and advising on how to improve the equal opportunity for women framework: see full Terms of Reference

The speakers will provide an overview of aspects of the Act and offer personal perspectives on the review.



Registration and coffee


Welcome: Associate Professor Marian Baird (USyd)


The Review's Objectives: Sally Moyle, Office for Women


Overview of the Agency: Mairi Steele, Acting Director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency


Sue Williamson: History and policy context of the Act.

Sue Williamson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney. Sue has also worked on women and workplace relations issues for many years in both state and federal public services.


Dr. Sara Charlesworth: Getting the framework right? The role of regulation in promoting EEO.

Dr Charlesworth is a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT, one of her research areas being EEO. She has been a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Board


Prof Glenda Strachan: Are we getting there? Measuring change at work

Professor Strachan is at Griffith Business School, Griffith University. Her research includes managing diversity and equal opportunity


Small group discussions


Group feedback


Summary and conclusions: Alex Heron (Research Associate, WWRG)


Closing words: Associate Professor Marian Baird