Statement of Intent

The CEOs for Gender Equity Group, sponsored by the Equal Opportunity Commission, has emerged as a result of the success of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Champions for Change initiative.  However, the CEOs for Gender Equity Group is focused specifically on addressing gender equity issues in WA.

The Group has committed to working specifically on three key areas: workplace flexibility, women in leadership (executive and board positions) and education.

The members of the Group endorse this Statement of Intent and commit themselves to progressing through the Charter of Actions contained within it.  The Group, in turn, invites other CEOs to join with them in committing to at least some of the Actions herein.


Workplace Flexibility

  • Support flexible working and encourage, where possible, roles within the organisation to be offered with flexible working as an employment option.
  • Promote initiatives in the organisation that support flexible working.
  • Agree flexible working is a key driver for diversity and promote the organisational benefits arising.
  • Actively support the development and career progression of colleagues who work flexibly.
  • Agree to publishing annual case studies from within the organisation highlighting the benefits of flexible working.

Women in Leadership

  • Each One, Find One - commit to adding one more woman leader on the executive teams in the next 12 months.
  • Leverage Development Platforms - invest in developing senior women by leveraging existing development platforms fully
  • Develop formal sponsorship structures - executive teams within the organisation identify approximately five-ten women to formally sponsor as potential leaders over the next 3-5 years and create the formal sponsorship structures required.
  • Commit to having at least 1 in 3 succession candidates as part of succession plans to be women.
  • Specific NFP sector Charter - create a specific charter of actions for the not-for-profit sector.


  • Promote positive role models in WA who have successful careers in STEM (including trades) areas.
  • Improve the understanding of students, teachers and parents about the impact of stereotypes and unconscious bias on girls’ education choices and the longer-term impact on potential career opportunities.
  • Identify current initiatives and programs available to encourage female participation and support women working in STEM related areas and leveraging of existing initiatives.
  • Offer student scholarships or looking at school initiatives to increase exposure to STEM.