Equitable Workplace Awards 2024 

Celebrating progress towards diversity, equity, and inclusion

Celebrating progress towards diversity, equity, and inclusion

About | How to enter | 2023 Winners | FAQs

About the awards

As a trusted authority for women in the workplace, our annual awards are a coveted accolade for any Australian employer wishing to gain recognition for their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

The awards assess organization’s for signs of continued progress (not perfection) across the key areas proven to drive positive change for women and marginalized groups. With 14 categories and prizes for both large and small enterprises, the EWAs are an exciting opportunity for dedicated teams of any size and stage for their DEI journey.

Win a coveted award to promote your commitment to DEI

Receive 1 x ticket to our International Women’s Day event where you’ll be presented your award

Enjoy exposure through promotion across the WORK180 platform and media coverage

Photography of the awards from 2022

Categories and awards 

Our annual awards assess companies across 10 key standards proven to drive equity in the workplace.

We award the standout companies within each of the 10 categories — one small organization (less than 250 employees) and one large (plus 250 employees). With four new award categories added this year, there are 24 awards to be won!

Awards based on WORK180’s 10 key drivers of workplaces equity

Awarded to workplaces with procedures that actively seek and support applications from women and marginalized groups (with proven impact)

 Awarded to workplaces making clear and continued efforts to establish an environment where all women feel welcome and able to thrive.

 Awarded to workplaces that offer and promote flexible working — a powerful tool for removing barriers for women and marginalized groups.

Awarded to workplaces with policies and procedures that support and promote the equitable division of caring duties (such as parenting and domestic work).

Awarded to workplaces supporting mental and physical wellbeing with offerings such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Domestic and Family Violence policies.

Awarded to workplaces actively raising, listening, and learning from under-represented voices, particularly through ERGs.

Awarded to workplaces nurturing women and marginalized groups through opportunities such as mentoring and succession programs. 

Awarded to workplaces making clear progress towards establishing diversity within decision-making levels of the organization.

Awarded to workplaces making clear and continued progress towards the closing of their company’s gender pay gap.

Awarded to workplaces proving their dedication to progress with formalized DEI targets, quotas, and external commitments.

 Awarded to workplaces actively raising, listening, and learning from under-represented voices, particularly through ERGs (Employee Resource Groups).

Awarded to workplaces nurturing women and marginalized groups through opportunities such as mentoring and succession programs. 

Awarded to workplaces making clear progress towards establishing diversity within decision-making levels of the organization.

Awarded to workplaces making clear and continued progress towards the closing of their company’s gender pay gap.

Awarded to workplaces proving their dedication to progress with formalized DEI targets, quotas, and external commitments.

Awarded to workplaces with procedures that actively seek and support applications from women and marginalized groups (with proven impact)

 Awarded to workplaces making clear and continued efforts to establish an environment where all women feel welcome and able to thrive.

 Awarded to workplaces that offer and promote flexible working — a powerful tool for removing barriers for women and marginalized groups.

Awarded to workplaces with policies and procedures that support and promote the equitable division of caring duties (such as parenting and domestic work).

 Awarded to workplaces supporting mental and physical wellbeing with offerings such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Domestic and Family Violence policies.

New awards this year

New for 2024 

Awarded to the workplace who has made the greatest progress towards DEI over the last year.

* Available to previous/2023 award nominees only 

New for 2024 

Awarded to the Mining Resources and Energy company with the highest overall score across the 10 key drivers towards workplace equity.

New for 2024 

Awarded to the I.T Digital and Online Media Services company with the highest overall score across the 10 key drivers towards workplace equity.

New for 2024 

Awarded to the Professional Services and Consulting company with the highest overall score across the 10 key drivers towards workplace equity.

How to enter

1

Nominate your workplace for free 

Start by completing our short form and finding out whether your workplace meets the requirements to enter the awards.

Nominations close: December 4th 

2

Eligible employers are invited to enter 

The result of your nomination will be sent via instant email, with only eligible employers invited to enter.

Entries close: December 18th

3

Winners are assessed and selected 

All companies will be assessed based on the results of our comprehensive but easily to complete DEI assessment.

Winners informed: January 26th

The award ceremony 

Winners will be invited to receive their awards at our popular International Women’s Day Summit 2024 (8th March, Melbourne). 

Filled with inspiring talks and thought-provoking panel discussions, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from fellow changemakers. And this year, we’re honored to announce our keynote speaker: Akec Makur Chuot.

The 2023 winners 

As seen and celebrated across the WORK180 platforms, plus online and printed press.

Small and medium-sized enterprise winners

Large enterprise winners

FAQs

Do I have to pay to nominate my workplace?

No, nominations are free and can be made in a few minutes via the nomination form

Payment is only required for those who are eligible for the awards, and wish to be considered. This fee is used to put the applicant through our comprehensive DEI assessment, which reviews, ranks, and benchmark your DEI efforts against other entries. 

  • $2,500 (+GST) for workplaces with less than 250 employees
  • $3,500 (+GST) for workplaces with more than 250 employees

Please note, entry is free and automatic for all WORK180 Endorsed Employers. To find out more about endorsement and assess your eligibility, take our endorsement check today.

How is eligibility for the awards assessed?

Similar to WORK180’s endorsement, an Equitable Workplace Award from our organization is a respected sign of a company’s commitment to progress — and we take this responsibility seriously.

As such, we require all entries to meet the same minimum standard as our Endorsed Employers. This is assessed by a series of short questions, and nominees will receive notification as to their eligibility via instant email. 

Please Note: 

  • The awards are open to Australian workplaces only.
  • Due to the need for comparable year-on-year data, new entrants this year will not be considered for the ‘Most Improved’ category.
How are winners chosen?

Entries will be reviewed using the results of our DEI assessment. Comprehensive yet simple to complete, the assessment asks a series of questions about important drivers of DEI and generates overall scores for each category. These scores will be used to benchmark your current efforts against fellow entrants within your company size category, either; 

  • Small and medium-sized enterprise (Less than 250 employees)
  • Large enterprise (More than 250 employees)
What do award winners receive?

A coveted award proving your commitment to DEI 

This is provided as both a physical trophy and online badge, which previous winners have used across marketing materials and relevant areas on their website (such as their career’s page). 

A free ticket and invitation to receive the award at WORK180’s International Women’s Day Event 

With last year’s event quickly selling out and Akec Makur Chuot as our confirmed keynote speaker, our 2024 IWD Summit (held in Melbourne on 8th March) is set to be an exciting day. For a taste of what to expect from this event, check out the wrap-up of last year.

Exposure among WORK180’s community of women and marginalized groups and beyond

As well as multi-channel promotion from WORK180, previous winners have also benefited from coverage of the awards in both print and online media.

Want to know more about the awards? Feel free to reach out and ask our team.