March 2021 

At CEOs for Gender Equity we are grateful to all of the leaders who continue to challenge themselves and their teams to achieve gender balanced workplaces

Strategic Conversations for Gender Balance

Diane Smith-Gander joined Tania Cecconi recently to facilitate Strategic Conversations for Gender Balance with the executive leadership team at CBH Group.


Jimmy Wilson as a CEO for Gender Equity recognises the value that a gender balanced workforce will bring. Much of the discussion focused on reframing women's issues as talent and business opportunities for CBH.  As a result each member of the executive has accountable commitments to take back to the workplace.


"Thanks Tania for the opportunity to be able to provide some more in depth views. ... I liked the way you and Diane challenged”.

Strategic Conversations for Gender Balance

Working with operations and area managers leaders reported an increased knowledge of gender balance, increased confidence to discuss it with their teams and peers, and an improved appreciation of the importance of gender balanced workplaces. Thanks to Will Bessen of Tuna Blue who captured one of the workshop themes here.

BCEC Report: Making It a Priority

Thanks to South32's CEO and CEOs for Gender Equity Chair, Graham Kerr, for speaking to the role of leadership from the top at the launch of the BCEC Report: Making It a Priority.


Until recently the West Australian gender pay gap, which is the highest in Australia, was attributed to the mining sector. WA continues to have the highest gender pay gap in WA and it isn't all due to mining.  This is reflected by ABS average weekly ordinary fulltime earnings where the difference in male and female earnings in mining is $400.10 vs the health and social care sector with a difference of $416.70.

This difference in earnings is reflected by the gender pay gap: the health and social care sector has one of the highest gender pay gaps at 21.1%, only topped by the professional, scientific and technical services at 24.4% and financial and insurance services at 23.6%. The gender pay gap in the mining sector is 14.8%.


The insights released by the BCEC report: Making it a Priority reveal that mining is one of the sectors leading the way even though it is a sector with fewer women than men and has a greater commitment to the WGEA key gender equity indicators.

Supplier multiplier - how to leverage your supply chain for

better gender balance in WA.

A gender sensitive procurement policy can influence better outcomes for women in WA, such as promoting the uptake of gender pay gap audits in WA. Overall it can improve outcomes by asking your suppliers to share a commitment to gender balanced workplaces that matches your commitment.

BCEC Report: Making It a Priority

"My end goal was to spend time with my boys, so I thought, why not ask for part time hours, with less responsibility. I had a new contract signed and sealed within 4 days! I think working mothers feel the need to prove they can juggle everything. When really, you don’t have to."


- Carly Booth, Senior Planner, Clough

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In the Media

"After five years of heading up CEOs for Gender Equity in WA, the largest gender gap to my mind, is the gap between WA companies are seen to stand for versus what leaders say, do and prioritise."


Thanks to the WA CEOs who prioritise gender balance as a strategic priority. 

Tania Cecconi was asked to respond to Federal Labour's 'name and shame' policy to improve organisations' gender pay gap (GPG).


Where transparency is key and standing behind our numbers is important, naming and shaming does not work and is counterproductive.

In WA only one in two does a GPG audit. We need to make it easier for workplaces to do GPG audits. Using ABS methodology,  which is widely reported by WGEA, comparing male and female average weekly earnings is a great place to start.


Tania Cecconi with Trudy Cook who kindly offered a business suite at Crown Resorts to take the interview with Liam Bartlett on air. 

"If we want to close the gender pay gap in WA we need more than one in two CEOs in WA to start with the numbers and do a gender pay gap audit."


- Tania Cecconi, executive officer