Is Merit on the Agenda? Approaches to Recruitment and Promotion in Australian Organisations

Strachan, Glenda & French, Erica (2015) Is Merit on the Agenda? Approaches to Recruitment and Promotion in Australian Organisations. In Rodgers-Healey, Diann (Ed.) Pathways to Gender Equality in Australia: The Role of Merit and Quotas. Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, Minnamurra, N.S.W., pp. 148-166.

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Abstract

Employment on the basis of merit is the foundation of Australia’s equal opportunity legislation, beginning with the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunity for Women) Act 1986, and continuing through the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, all of which require organisations with more than 100 employees to produce an organisational program promoting employment equity for women (WGEA 2014a; Strachan, Burgess & Henderson 2007). The issue of merit was seen as critically important to the objectives of the original 1986 Act and the Affirmative Action Agency produced two monographs in 1988 written by Clare Burton: Redefining Merit (Burton 1988a) and Gender Bias in Job Evaluation (Burton 1988b) which provided practical advice. Added to this, in 1987 the Australian Government Publishing Service published Women’s Worth: Pay Equity and Job Evaluation in Australia (Burton, Hag & Thompson 1987). The equity programs set up under the 1986 legislation aimed to ‘eliminate discriminatory employment practices and to promote equal employment opportunities for women’ and this was ‘usually understood to mean that the merit principle forms the basis of appointment to positions and for promotion’ (Burton 1988a, p. 1).

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ID Code: 84677
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Merit, Recruitment, Promotion, Australian Organisations
ISBN: 9780987334145
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2015 22:54
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 00:45

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