It's time to stop short-changing women

About Equal Pay Day

The Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings.

The national gender pay gap is calculated annually by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' labour force data.

In 2019 the national gender pay gap remained steady from 2018 and has reached its lowest level in 20 years at 14%. Equal Pay Day will be on 28th August , marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same pay as men. 

We cannot be complacent as there is still work to do.

Research shows the main factors contributing to the gender pay gap are

  • discrimination and bias in hiring and pay decisions
  • women and men working in different industries and different jobs, with female-dominated industries attracting lower wages 
  • women's disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work
  • lack of workforce flexibility to accommodate caring and other responsibilities, especially in senior roles 
  • women's greater time out of the workforce impacting career progression and opportunities

Key facts in 2019;

  • The gender pay gap declined from 14.6% in 2018 to 14% in 2019
  • On average , women working full-time earned $1484.80 while men working full-time earned $1727.30
  • Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $241.50
  • WGEA data shows there is full-time total remuneration pay gap across every industry & occupation 

Your Participation

On Equal Pay Day, take it to the streets, find supporters / allies and be part of events and activities such as these:

  • carry red purses and red bags to represent economic discrimination
  • organise information desks and activities in public areas to draw attention and get people to talk
  • ask local caf├ęs and restaurants to promote an “Unhappy Hour” between 12 and 2 p.m. or after work and offer a discount to women on meals and drinks equal to the gender pay gap
  • use this social time to network and plan local activities that can lead to improved wages for women
  • encourage local shops to decorate their display windows with red purses
  • arrange forums and debates covering the topic of pay inequality organise workshops on how to better negotiate pay
  • attend one of the BPW or Security4Women events being held around Australia
Join the conversation on social media #EqualPayDay #TheGapMatters
  1. See WGEA social media pack and show your support for workplace gender equality.

Use #TheGapMatters and share what it means to you and your club. Tag @WGEAgency on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

2. Pledge to do one thing to promote what will make the workplace more equitable before Equal Pay Day 2019.
Some ideas from WGEA

  • Conduct a pay gap analysis.
  • Report the results of your pay gap analysis to your executive and board.
  • Read our Guide to Gender Pay Equity
  • Put in place an overall gender equality strategy or policy.
  • Set some targets to diversify your workforce.
  • Adopt a flexible working arrangements policy or strategy.
  • Offer more support for carers, such as increasing paid parental leave, providing breastfeeding facilities or creating an internal support network for parents.
  • Consult with your employees about what support they need from you as an employer.

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