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Benetas recognised as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for 14th consecutive year

25th February 2020

Leading not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas has today been recognised by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for its 14th consecutive year.

Benetas CEO and WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador Sandra Hills OAM said Benetas was thrilled to be a longstanding recipient of the esteemed citation.

“To meet WGEA’s rigorous requirements 14 years consecutively is an incredible nod to the leadership our organisation takes to achieve gender equality and inclusion more broadly in the workplace,” Ms Hills said.

Benetas encourages flexible working arrangements, creates development initiatives to build leadership capability in women and men and provides paid domestic and family violence leave entitlements. Ms Hills said that with a female-dominated workforce in aged care, these were important steps for the organisation to take.

“The leading strategy for Australia’s aged care workforce, A Matter of Care, outlines the strong need for a diverse workforce to suit a diverse ageing population,” Ms Hills said.

“It’s critical that we’re providing an inclusive work environment that reduces the gender pay gap, supports women and attracts men to the industry.

“With now only five health care and social assistance organisations achieving the Employer of Choice citation, it’s clear there is a need for the sector to step up to the challenge and stand for inclusive workplaces for all employees.”

WGEA Director Libby Lyons congratulated the 119 citation holders for meeting a high standard of criteria this year and for being at the forefront of change towards gender equality in Australia’s workplaces.

“This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes,” Lyons said.

“I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE (Employer of Choice for Gender Equality) citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements.

“These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equitable future for both women and men.”

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is the Government’s public recognition of an organisation’s commitment to achieve gender equality in their workplace.