Equal employment opportunity legislation and policies: the Australian experience

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Title Equal employment opportunity legislation and policies: the Australian experience
Author Strachan, Glenda Jean; Burgess, John; Henderson, Lindy
Journal Name Equal Opportunities International
Editor Guest Editor Hazel Conley
Year Published 2007
Place of publication UK
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose – Organisations have to respond to a range of legislative and policy initiatives intended to promote equal employment opportunity for women. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the mix of legislation and policies in Australia: anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, equal pay, work and family and managing diversity policies. Design/methodology/approach – Legislation, industrial relations changes and policies relating to pay equity, non-discrimination on the grounds of sex, affirmative action and equal opportunity, including work and family policies and managing diversity approaches are reviewed in the context of changing labour conditions and social trends. Findings – Organisations are presented with a range of policies from which to choose and the result is variety in the extent and type of equity programs which produce variable outcomes for women in the workplace. Practical implications – While this paper deals in particular with Australia, the pattern of multiplicity of approaches is common to other Western countries. As organisations choose among a variety of approaches in implementing an equal opportunity programme, the outcomes for women will vary. Originality/value – The paper offers insight into equal employment opportunity legislation and policies within the Australian context.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=eoi
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02610150710777024
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Emerald. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Volume 26
Issue Number 6
Page from 525
Page to 540
ISSN 0261-0159
Date Accessioned 2008-02-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management; PRE2009-Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18899
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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