Release type: Joint Media Release


Head of Workplace Gender Equality Agency to leave in March 2015


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women

The Australian Government today thanked Helen Conway for her leadership and contribution to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency following her resignation as Director.


Ms Conway has led the Agency since April 2011 and her decision will take effect from 6 March 2015.


“Ms Conway has led the Agency with skill, energy and diligence – something that has earned her respect in all quarters,” Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said.


“The Australian Government greatly appreciates her service.


“I wish her all the best for the future.”


“Gender equality in the workplace – in addition to its inherent social value – is incredibly important, and the Australian Government is determined to continue its work in this vital area,” Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash said.


“Ms Conway’s advice has been of great value to, and genuinely appreciated by, the Government as we work to close the gender pay gap.


“The Government’s efforts to advance gender equality also include: introducing a Paid Parental Leave Scheme; asking the Productivity Commission to review the affordability, accessibility and flexibility of the childcare system; and fostering more flexible working arrangements.”


Ms Conway said it had been a privilege to serve as the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, especially at such a pivotal time in its history.


“It has been a pleasure to work with the business community, where I have spent so much of my career,” Ms Conway said.


“And, of course, the Agency’s activities have been greatly enhanced by a truly committed staff, and the generous support and contributions of a broad range of stakeholders.”


The Government will announce arrangements for replacing Ms Conway in due course.