Award Categories


The Dame Quentin Bryce Gender Equity Award recognises excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace.

Award Criteria

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Engagement The program or initiative is understood, and supported by staff of the organisation. Demonstration of communication of the initiative/ program and engagement of staff in the program.
Flexible Work Practices The program or initiative identified and addresses issues with work organisation impacting on the attraction, retention and development of women. Examples of flexible working options, use of technology for teleworking and meeting, regular meeting scheduling, i.e. early morning, requirements for travel, irregular hours etc.
Training and Development The program or initiative identifies and addresses issues with learning and development opportunities for women. Examples of flexible learning and development opportunities i.e. distance, promotion and progression opportunities, and how they are managed etc.


Innovation The program or initiative represents a new and creative approach to the challenge faced by the organisation. Evidence of how initiative was developed and what resources were drawn on, i.e. brainstorming sessions, proposals from employees etc.
Culture The program or initiative incorporates a cultural change approach to diversity where principles are embedded in the DNA of the organisation. Examples of cultural change programs, relating to the initiative i.e. how the organisation has introduced the initiative so that they are embraced by staff and become a way of life.
Impact, Metrics and Outcomes The program or initiative has addressed the challenge, achieved the desired outcomes and/or positively impacted on the business. Evidence of improvements and outcomes identifiable as resulting from the program or initiative including metrics on engagement, retention, climate surveys etc.
Sustainability The program or initiative and its impacts or outcomes are sustainable and replicable for the organisation. Evidence of how the program or initiative will be repeated within the organisation, i.e. planned roll out to other divisions, sites, ongoing scheduled activity, commitment within organisational strategy/ budgets etc.
Leadership The program or initiative is supported or lead by the CEO and/or senior leadership team within the organisation. Statement of support from senior leadership team, evidence of their participation in driving and implementing diversity policies etc.