CEDA: Why gender equity needs policy levers and leadership

Event Date: 
06 June 2014
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre


Join CEDA, Federal Minister, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash; State Minister, Hon. Liza Harvey MLA; and Rio Tinto Iron Ore executive, Michael Gollschewski,, as we outline the combination of government policy and business leadership required to radically improve gender equity in Australia.


The newly-elected Federal Government stamped its gender credentials during the election by promising a game-changing paid parental leave scheme which polarised voters. Is having a cap at $75,000 per year an impost on our economy, or an investment? Is the Government's childcare rebate the best mechanism to encourage women back to work; or would it be more effective to shift policy through childcare tax reform, as the Tax Institute recently proposed?

The Business Council of Australia's (BCA) announcement in late 2013 said that it would implement targets of 50 per cent women in senior executive roles within the next decade. The BCA's new gender guidelines for its members also included regular testing of chief executives and board members for unconscious gender bias, and female-only hiring shortlists.

Join CEDA as political and private sector leaders come together to discuss the significant steps being taken towards achieving gender equity and to unpack the possible future policy levers.


Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
Federal Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women;
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Hon. Liz Harvey MLA
State Minister for Women's Interests; Police; Tourism; Road Safety

Michael Gollschewski
Managing Director, Pilbara Mines, Rio Tinto Iron Ore



Committee for Economic Development of Australia
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