This project outlines an Affirmative Action Program for woman in SEQEB- a Program designed to redress the disadvantaged position of women in employment with the organisation.
Given that the SEQEB workforce is drawn from the Australian labour market, an investigation of the position of women within the contemporary Australian labour market is made. It shows that women are disadvantaged in their employment status when compared against men. The reasons for this disadvantage are explored so that an effective method of providing redress may be determined. An historical perspective on approaches to this problem both from overseas and within Australia is also provided.
The position of women in SEQEB is found to be substantially worse than that of women in the overall Australian workforce. An Affirmative Action program for women in SEQEB is therefore recommended with the objective of achieving Equal Employment Opportunity for women. It is recommended that this Program should be implemented in the Southern District of SEQEB as a pilot, and then extended throughout SEQEB as the pilot proves effective. This process is discussed in detail.
For the implementation of the Affirmative Action Program for women to be effective, it is essential that a review of SEQEB's Personnel Policies and Procedures occurs in order to ensure a satisfactory expression of Equal Employment Opportunity principles in SEQEB. Recommendations for this review process to be undertaken in conjunction with the Affirmative Action Program, are also provided.
For the Affirmative Action Program to succeed the level of staff participation needs to be high, with management consulting frequently with employees. The provision of communication and feedback channels between the management and staff of SEQEB is therefore emphasized.