Health and wellbeing

The City of Sydney awarded as an inclusive workplace and employer of choice for women

The 2019 Australian HR Award for Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Program recognises our ongoing efforts to build an inclusive workplace.

City of Sydney at Australian HR Awards - from left to right Divya Stephen, Belinda Graham, Anitra Morgana, Simon Covill, Harleen Oberoi, Susan Pett...

Our workplace strives to provide opportunities and equity for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ communities, people with disability and refugees.

We were the first local government organisation in Australia to monitor and publicly report on gender pay equity in 2015. And last year we began paying superannuation for up to 52 weeks for staff on parental leave, helping to close the long-term wealth gap between men and women.

Our latest review found an overall gender pay gap of 7.5% in favour of women, showing we have more women employed in higher paying jobs across the organisation.

We also have a sustained commitment to gender equity, with our female workforce growing by 45.5% since 2004.

Women make up over 40% of the City of Sydney workforce and occupy 49.7% of leadership positions. This includes several leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated sectors such as rangers and cleansing and waste.

A new Indigenous leadership and engagement unit is helping shape our work in supporting local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The unit provides cultural and strategic leadership for our reconciliation action plan and Eora Journey project, coordinates an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel, and oversees cultural protocols.

Other award finalists included Virgin Australia, SBS, Griffith University, International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) and National Rugby League.

Published 11 September 2019, updated 17 December 2019