New South Wales has announced that it will carry out a Women's Economic Opportunities Review to make workplaces inclusive in terms of gender.
The review committee will be led by Sam Mostyn AO, President of Chief Executive Women, while she will be assisted by some other experts representing various social bodies.
An HRD Australia report read that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet noted that the review aims at supporting women in the workforce during their entire tenure. The review will also find out the "opportunities to reduce salary and superannuation discrepancy and improve access to and affordability of childcare." He further added that the time has come to level the playing field, making sure more women have more choices and opportunities when it comes to their careers. According to him, as a result of the review, women will not only be secured in the workforce but also their flexibility as working parents will be enabled.
Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said, “The review will provide key insights into the childcare needs of working parents, which will contribute to the broader early learning reform work that I am undertaking, designed to create greater educational outcomes for our littlest learners.”
Citing the 2021-22 NSW Intergenerational Report, Treasurer Matt Kean noted that the equal participation of women can enlarge the economy by about 8% by 2060-2061.
Kean added, “Women are underrepresented in our trades, our offices, and our boardrooms, and for the State to be more productive we need everyone who wants to work to be able to do so.”