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Call for participants: Informing pay equality resources for SMEs

We are developing practical resources to help support small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), become leaders in pay equality in the workplace.

If you work in a business with a workforce of 2–50 people, we would love your participation in a design workshop to help identify innovative and practical education approaches to improve equality at work. You will also begin to learn how to make your workplace more attractive to a diverse range of applicants.

As we emerge from lockdown, many businesses are facing skills shortages and are seeking to improve their practices of how to attract new and diverse talent. It can be overwhelming to know where to start to improve workplace practices when it comes to gender equality. Your participation will help inform the development of these important resources to help make workplaces more attractive to a diverse range of applicants.

About the workshops

The sessions are taking place in December – February. Register now.

The three-hour workshops will:

  • involve a wide range of SMEs from different sectors across the state
  • be held online and will three hours long, with breaks
  • require no preparation in advance.

A $50 stipend will be available for each participant.


It is anticipated that a range of inclusive, empathetic, and tailored products for SMEs will be developed and tested by us. You will be invited to participate in user testing should you be interested.


In 2020, Industrial Relations Victoria requested we conduct research into equal pay within small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs). Our report revealed that smaller businesses have a big opportunity to help close the gender gap. Read the full report online.

With funding from the Victorian Government, we are now developing education resources to implement key recommendations of the report. This includes supporting SMEs to build their understanding of equality at work and the economic and workplace diversity benefits to embedding equal pay.

If you would like to discuss your participation, we encourage you to reach out to Project Lead Laura Smith.

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