Achieving gender equality in the workplace is a focus nationally and internationally for political, economic, educational, and employment reasons. The business case for gender equality is well recognised: it can contribute to economic growth, workplace innovation and creative thinking. Gender equality is particularly important in the public sector, which has traditionally been considered a model employer for women.
The Australian Government has adopted a strong policy position to advance gender equality in the Australian Public Service (APS). In 2016 the government released Balancing the Future: The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016-2019. Shortly after the release of this strategy, we examined the progress of gender equality initiatives in three APS agencies. We identified the barriers and enablers to progressing and embedding gender equality in the APS.