#FDV is everybody's business
May 2019

This week is Reconciliation Week the theme of which is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage

Did you know that the dates for Reconciliation Week commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey? The successful 1967 referendum, 27 May and the High Court Mabo decision, 3 June 1992.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

CEO Roundtable hosted by the Hon. Minister McGurk


The Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Women's interests; prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Child Protection; Community Services hosted a CEO Roundtable this week at Hale House accompanied by Premier Mark McGowan and CGE chairman, Graham Kerr.
The CEO Roundtable was held to discuss the prevention of family and domestic violence (FDV) in WA. The work of leaders in the private and public sectors was recognised, acknowledging we all have a role to play. Ways to increase the uptake of FDV strategies in the workplace and impact more broadly were also discussed.

As leaders, each recognised their role to influence change within their workplaces, and the impact this also has on impacting society as a whole.

Our CGE dashboard shows the uptake of FDV strategies by our members, compared to the rate of uptake in WA and nationally.

However, we still have a long way to go:
  • WA has the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women
  • The number of sexual harassment complaints received by WA's Equal Opportunity Commission doubled in the past year; 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are nearly 11 times more likely to die due to assault than non-Indigenous women
  • Every week in Australia, at least one woman is killed by a current or former partner; and
  • The total annual cost of violence against women and their children in Western Australia was estimated to be $2.8 billion in 2015-16.
In pursuing the vision of CEOs for Gender Equity WA, we ask that you also join us with courage to help prevent family and domestic violence in WA.

#FDV is everybody's business.

CEO Roundtable | Tronox

Russ Austin, Tronox Australia's managing director, was recently joined by Chief Executive Woman Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Tronox Australia's board member as our co-facilitator to host a CEO Roundtable.

At these Roundtables, a common theme is sharing the “good news stories”.  

This time Tronox leaders were keen to talk about some of the "bad news stories" as often these stories can be the best opportunities to share and learn from mistakes.

CEOs were invited to share their experiences of dealing with resistance or the resistors, the challenge of getting 'buy-in' for gender balance and strengthening the business case for women in the workplace. 
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STEM Strategy for WA

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has released its strategy for driving the growth of STEM skills in WA. We welcome this strategy that recognises diverse sectors, including industry, and the vital role of many and important stakeholders that helps us achieve our vision at CEOs for Gender Equity.

In particular, we welcome the investment in schools that supports their commitment to a curriculum enriched by STEM; as well as a commitment to gender equity, within schools, to help young women expand their career choices beyond stereotypical 'pink' jobs.

We congratulate the Department on the launch of the plan and look forward to supporting it to ensure that our shared visions are achieved for WA. 
Read full strategy

Last week, Alcoa was recognised as a Silver Tier Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Awards. We congratulate Alcoa and CGE member Michael Parker, Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director, for this outstanding achievement and for setting an example of visible leadership. 
'We play for a nation that doesn't even know our names'

The German Women's World Cup team has released a video that has been hailed as 'empowering'.  We think it's a great reminder; talent doesn't discriminate.

The video has been hailed for its strong message of female empowerment and how since the inception of the team they've fought against not only their football opponents but against prejudice in the industry. The German women's team holds two World Cup wins and eight European Championship wins.

Data Snapshot: Construction in WA

Did you know that the construction industry has one of the biggest pay gaps in Australia? See how other industries compare on the Resources page on our website below:
View other industry Snapshots

Upcoming Events

Deep Dive | Women's Plan Consultation
South32 | June 19 | 0930-1100

Have your say and provide input for the WA State government's Women's Plan.
Register Here

CEO Roundtable
KPMG I June 26 I 0730-0900

By invitation only, hosted by Gary Smith & Matt Woods,
co-facilitated by Sue Murphy.


Please check with CGE to confirm event details that may be subject to change to accommodate our hosts.

Do you know a CEO that should join CEOs for Gender Equity?
Our goal is to recruit 125 CEOs by 2021 to help us achieve our vision.

We want to boost women’s workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay across Western Australian enterprises.

You can help by introducing a CEO to CEOs for Gender Equity.

If you know a CEO who would like to attend a
CEO Roundtable, please contact executive officer
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