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Opportunity for small business owners to improve equality at work

The labour and skills shortages we’re experiencing right across the country present significant challenges, though also provide fantastic opportunities – and motivation – for small business owners.

I’m passionate about the role people in small business can play in becoming employers of choice so they can attract and retain great people. Achieving pay equality is such an important part of this.

Now is the perfect time to think of ways that you can compete for talent with the bigger players, while at the same time helping to achieve the shared goal of addressing these critical shortages.

This is why I’m encouraging small business people from all sectors across the state to take part in design workshops being held by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

Criteria? People who:

  • work in a business with a workforce of 2 to 50 people
  • are keen to help identify innovative and practical education approaches to improve equality at work.

These three-hour online workshops will help to inform a range of inclusive resources in response to VEOHRC’s Equal pay matters report.

The aim? To support SMEs in:

  • building their understanding of equality at work
  • learning more about the economic and workplace diversity benefits of embedding equal pay
  • becoming leaders in pay equality.

The workshops will also get your mind thinking about new ways to make your workplace more attractive to a range of new and diverse talent.

They start in December and run through to February. For full details, visit VEOHRC’s website.

– Commissioner Lynda McAlary-Smith