Public sector workplace gender audit: baseline findings

September 5, 2022

The Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector has published findings from Victoria’s first workplace gender audit under the Gender Equality Act (2020).

The Baseline report – 2021 workplace gender audit data analysis presents findings at industry and whole-of-sector levels, providing a baseline to measure the Victorian public sector’s progress towards gender equality.

Key findings include:

  • Across all organisations covered by the Act, the average pay gap between men and women when taking into account their total remuneration was 15.6 per cent.
  • Women experienced strong representation across organisations covered by the Act, comprising 66 per cent of all employees. However, women were significantly overrepresented in part-time work, while people of self-described gender were overrepresented in both part-time and casual work.
  • While women comprised 66 per cent of the total workforce, only 45 per cent of those in senior leadership roles were women and more than three in five CEOs were men. Women were also underrepresented in career development opportunities, training, and the award of higher duties.
  • Across defined entities, women were 50 per cent more likely to say they experienced sexual harassment than men.
  • More than three-quarters of those individuals using formal flexible work arrangements were women. Women leaders were also more likely than men to take up part-time work and job[1]sharing opportunities – forms of flexibility that often entail a financial penalty.

Click here to read the report.


Data at an individual organisation level can be explored through the Commission’s Insights Portal


If you would like to be briefed on the findings in further detail, please contact Ai Lee Wong, at


In 2023, the Commission will release a follow-up report focused on intersectional data collected in the audit and through additional research, to ensure it is capturing the diverse experiences of those who are often marginalised by compounded discrimination.


Gender in preventive health and health promotion

Following a VHA Prevention and Health Promotion Network meeting, on 31 August 2022, that focused on gender and health promotion, we developed a list of resources, tools and information to support the consideration of gender in the design and delivery of services, programs, and policies spanning prevention, health promotion, primary, and acute health services. 

Click here to access the resource.