QLS granted WGEA employer of choice citation

Queensland Law Society has today been announced as an employer of choice for gender equality for 2022-24 by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Separate to compliance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is a voluntary practice recognition program that aims to recognise commitment to achieving gender equality within Australian workplaces.

QLS People and Culture Manager Catherine Ellemor said the Society was proud to have achieved the two-year EOCGE citation for the second time.

“This recognition acknowledges the Society’s ongoing commitment to gender equality in the workplace, and the importance of creating an inclusive environment for all employees,” Ms Ellemor said. “Gender equality is a strategic priority and underpins the work we are doing to enhance our employee experience.”

To be granted the citation, employers are evaluated against criteria such as learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, leadership, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities. Other criteria assessed include the prevention of sex-based harassment and discrimination, employee consultation and having gender equality targets in place.

WGEA Director Mary Wooldridge said the citation verified to employees, and potential employees, that an organisation was taking meaningful action to improve the working lives of women and men throughout the business.


“After passing a rigorous, evidence-informed evaluation, QLS has been officially recognised among the distinguished cohort of Australian employers committed to creating the workplace and environment that enables all people to thrive,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“Critically, EOCGE employers are delivering an approach that results in better support structures in place for working families; stronger actions to address pay inequalities; and strategic recruitment, promotion and retention practices that encourage the full participation of women at work.”

In the 2022-24 period, 25 new employers will be announced as WGEA employers of choice. They will join 104 existing EOCGE citation holders across the country, including the following law firms:

OrganisationYears held
Baker McKenzie Australia14
Clayton Utz14
Corrs Chambers Westgarth17
DLA Piper Australia10
Gilbert + Tobin14
Hall & Wilcox5
Holding Redlich16
King & Wood Mallesons11
Lander & Rogers3
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers6
McCullough Robertson14
McInnes Wilson Lawyers1
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia13
Russell Kennedy Lawyers6
Sparke Helmore Lawyers12

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