Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Judith has an interesting article about the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. I concur with Judith that the Agency should be abolished.

In 2012, the Agency received $4.52 million in taxpayer appropriations, and spent $3.152 million on its employees and $1.9 million on consultants.

As for gender equality, the Agency fails in its own mission. Here is a time series of employees for the Agency and its predecessor, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency: Do what we say, not what we do.

It the Agency were to be abolished, 36 women would be immediately undertaking higher valued work, even if they went on Newstart.

Year ended

Male employees

Female Employees

Total Employees

30 June 2012

3

36

39

30 June 2011

2

31

33

30 June 2010

0

30

30

30 June 2009

1

29

30

30 June 2008

1

26

27

30 June 2007

1

21

22

30 June 2006

5

25

30

30 June 2005

3

26

29

Source: Annual Reports

 

 

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36 Responses to Workplace Gender Equality Agency

  1. johno

    Judith’s article mentioned that the following companies had been named and shamed by the sisterhood for being non-compliant with WGEA directives.

    You may wish to reward these companies for taking a stand.

    Berri Resort Hotel, Fashion Fair, Ireland’s of Cairns, Johnstons Transport Industries, Meriton Apartments, Nowshire, Roverworth and Thomas Jewellers.

  2. MattR

    Leftist hypocrites? No! Never!

  3. Adam Diver

    Average wage = 80K and not a single penis to be seen in 2010. Honestly how do people in these rackets keep a straight face.

    On another point, when these organizations are set up, is there a term of reference or goal to be achieved for their subsequent closure? I suspect that there isn’t and these organizations follow the same path to their logical conclusion:

    - There is NO reason for the self-serving ideologues to close the organization
    - The reason for being (should it of been necessary in the first place) has surpassed
    - So the organization get creative in meeting its charter resulting in the most Orwellian and stupid suggestions and infringements on the public.

    Think the UN, IMF, World Bank, Indigenous Groups, Women Groups, pretty much any minority group, trade unions etc etc

  4. Louis Hissink

    Judging from a phone call I received from this department, or office, last year, there is any IQ equality present there either.

  5. Louis Hissink

    whoops there isn’t any IQ etc

  6. Poida

    Adam,

    “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” – Ronald Reagan

    I’m struggling to figure out how anyone could think the Workplace Gender Equality Agency is a valid and deserving function of government.

  7. Ros

    The EOWW Amendment Act, was there an exposure draft prior to its passing. Can anyone explain this “exposure draft” process to me. Is this a new element of law making in Australia or am I just very ignorant. Does all legislation that is put before the Australian Parliament exist prior as exposure drafts. Presumably so interest groups and ngos can be integral to the making of our laws. Is this an extension of the direct democracy rather than representative democracy arguments advanced by ngos to the UN?

  8. Rabz

    Seriously, what sort of “male” would want to work in such an “agency” anyway?

    The “women” would all be barking mad, swivel eyed, screechy, paranoid, hairy armpitted harpies.

    It would be akin to hell on earth.

  9. Thumbnail

    Affirmative Action does not work. This book by Thomas Sowell is a great summary of such programs throughout the world. Blacks in America made significant advances off their own back well before any ‘equalising’ measures were taken. Women did too, keeping in mind demographic realities of creating brand new human beings (having babies and rearing them). All such programs should be cut, and let people get on with their lives unmolested by the big, kind, srong hand of government idealogues.

    Here is the link to Thomas Sowell’s book.

  10. mundi

    Thumbnail, i think you missunderstand their goal. They believe buisness will serve the community the best when the male to female ratio is 50-50. that 50 50 is the magic number that will cause optimum efficency.

    they are not actually interested in ‘action’ that helps women. you see according to them women already have all the skills and knowledge, the only thing needed is regulation to fix the market failure of companies not hiring women.

    eventually quotas will be set, there is no doupt about it.

  11. Louis Hissink

    So this must be the real Emily’s list – the short one on their website that shames and names companies not gender balanced.

  12. mundi

    the non compliance means they havent submitted a report, not that they are unbalanced.

    the purpose of the whole setup is so that they can gather stats to continually justify their existance. basically the department does nothing except collect stats.

  13. jrm

    basically the department does nothing except collect stats

    And yet they lack the competence to analyse their stats properly. Either that or they’re doing it deceitfully. Whichever it is, whoever wrote the press release and whoever authorised it need sacking.

  14. Token

    30 June 2007 1 21 22

    30 June 2006 5 25 30

    30 June 2005 3 26 29

    From the table you can see which gender is sacrificed that when that organisation down-sizes.

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  16. Cy

    Makes me think of the Womyn’s room at Monash Uni. Same type of women, I’m sure.

  17. Jim Rose

    I knew someone who worked at such an agency.

    when she transferred out, she said she had to dress much better for work because there were men at her new workplace. she was a single mum. so maybe women dress to impress men as well as just other women.

    men are shallow. it goes with the territory.

  18. Curmudgeon

    Dear TA – from a true believer in smaller government. Greece wound up 200 agencies in the name of austerity. Here’s one for your attention. Only 199 more to go. Shouldn’t be too hard a task.

  19. Curmudgeon, I would give up my job to do this one for him. I’d even wrestle JC in a bath of jelly for the privilege. (Substitutes are allowed.)

  20. Gab

    I’d even wrestle JC in a bath of jelly for the privilege. Please don’t ever say that again. Ta.

  21. PoliticoNT

    I’m going to assume that this agency will be gotten rid of as part of post-election cost-cutting measures.

  22. .

    MASS SACKINGS

    For the sake of our children’s futures. It is righteous to do so.

  23. papachango

    MASS SACKINGS

    You don’t even need to do that. Just put in a recruitment freeze across the entire public service, manage by natural attrition and shuffle people around, and wind up the dodgy agencies as you go.

    Maybe give a few of the deadwood a gentle kickalong by managing to performance and they’ll leave of their own accord.

  24. John H.

    Affirmative Action does not work.

    IIRC The Bell Curve authors have a different take. They argue it does help in the short term, it helps dissolve the prejudice, but over the long term it is a waste.

  25. manalive

    They believe buisness will serve the community the best when the male to female ratio is 50-50. that 50 50 is the magic number that will cause optimum efficency …

    As exemplified by the ABC. According to the Annual Report 2012 Now More Than Ever (?) the staff head count is female 2729 (50.3%) male 2700 (49.7%) and you can’t say fairer than that — it’s too fair.

  26. Jim Rose

    Affirmative Action does not work

    subsidies increase the supply of whatever is subsidised. there can be unintended consequnces, but supply and demand still have their usual signs.

  27. Splatacrobat

    Question?
    If a transgender gets employed, which side of the column do they go on?

  28. Andrew

    Very amusing. Gender equality does not apply at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. I guess the adage, “Do what I say, not what I do” applies.

  29. Pickles

    Spare a thought for the lucky few lads who did work there. So long as they hunted as a pack and played as a team they’d have the run of the place.

  30. Token

    As exemplified by the ABC. According to the Annual Report 2012 Now More Than Ever (?) the staff head count is female 2729 (50.3%) male 2700 (49.7%) and you can’t say fairer than that — it’s too fair.

    Seeing they’ve got the absolute population so “fair” they now need to take it to the next level and do gender background by role.

    Are the crew dominated by women? Are the clerical roles dominated by men? Move them around so every business unit, no matter how small, is 50/50.

    What could be more equitable and fair than that?

  31. Entropy


    Spare a thought for the lucky few lads who did work there. So long as they hunted as a pack and played as a team they’d have the run of the place.

    Pickles
    29 Jan 13 at 3:45 pm

    while true in the majority of workplaces there are two special cases: the health system and education.

    On reflection, not even there. The odd male in allied health or a primary school is just about guaranteed accelerated advancement. by the women. Maybe this gender equity outfit might be the only one. The politicians would not accept a man running the place.

  32. Jarrah

    “Very amusing. Gender equality does not apply at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.”

    The Orwellian naming system reveals itself by the organisation’s composition – it is in fact the agency for the advancement of women, and hires accordingly. Why they hid behind the misnomer is obvious, but that they thought they wouldn’t be caught with their pants down is hilarious.

  33. papachango

    If a transgender gets employed, which side of the column do they go on?

    lol… they’d create a third column, and loudly trumpet the fact that they’ve got a transgender/intersex (what’s the difference, anyone?) as a win for diver-si-tah!

  34. mundi

    Jarrah, they will just claim that the fact they cant find male employees is proof that males are sexist and dint want anything to do with them.

    This agency is typical of leftism. there social claim in reality is: millions of people are being sexist against women. Yet somehow they cant find a single individual to presecute under antidescrimination laws.

    You would think that this would lead them to understand most (if not all) of the equality is driven by lifestyle choices. But then they would have no one to annoy and rule over.

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