The Committee for Economic Development of Australia
Melbourne: CEDA
Area of focus: 
Unconscious Bias

Following a series of conferences and consultations on the topic of women in leadership, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) published this document summarising the issues raised.

Australia is argued to be falling behind the rest of the world in terms of gender diversity within business. Speakers from the series discuss underlying issues such as women's labour force participation, the gender pay gap, unconscious bias in the workplace and organisational culture. Excerpts are quoted from roundtable discussions, highlighting attitudes to women's role in Australian society, women's attitudes to other women at work, and men's views on women in leadership and unconscious bias.

Case studies of two private companies and one Australian state government are provided to illustrate actions undertaken, and recommendations are made by CEDA along three themes of creating the business case within organisations, changing organisational cultures, and workplace actions.