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Equal opportunity law applies to full time, part time, casual, contract and voluntary work. It covers all stages of employment, from job advertisements, applications and offers of employment to promotions, training, transfers and dismissal.

Equal Pay Day 2015

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Media Release - Gender Pay Gap Results (4 September 2015)

Today Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Anne Gale, welcomed Equal Pay Day.

Equal Pay Day marks how many extra days women in Australia have to work from the end of the financial year to earn the same as men.

"A sense of urgency must be created to address the national wage gap. More women in leadership positions is essential to close the gap. Women continue to be underrepresented in the most senior levels and the rate of progress is too slow," the Commissioner said.

SA Public Sector employers taking action to prevent and address violence against women

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Robyn Dwight and Lucy Cirocco from the Equal Opportunity Commission joined Steve McNally on Coast FM to talk about how SA Public Sector employers are taking action to prevent and address violence against women.

Media Release - SA Chiefs on International Women’s Day 2015

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March 6, 2015

Less talk, More Action - Make it Happen, say SA Chiefs on International Women’s Day 2015

On International Women’s Day this year, South Australia’s Chiefs for Gender Equity are urging business to “walk the talk” and start taking decisive action to advance gender equity at work.

March 8 marks International Women’s Day 2015, with a theme of “Make it Happen”.

International Day of People with Disability

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Today is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). The theme for IDPwD in 2014 is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. A key aspect of this is the role of technology in creating enabling working environments.

Halimee v Santarelli T/A Seaside Salon [2014] SAEOT 6

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A recent decision of the SA Equal Opportunity Tribunal serves as a timely reminder to employers of the costs of pregnancy discrimination.

Ms Halimee was an apprentice hairdresser employed by Ms Santarelli at the Seaside Salon. Her employment at the salon was terminated some 3 months after Ms Halimee informed her employer that she was pregnant. Ms Halimee claimed that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of her pregnancy, in particular:

Media Release for Equal Pay Day 2014

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September 4, 2014

SA Chiefs for Gender Equity mark Equal Pay Day with important document signing

On average Australian women who work full-time earn around $283 less a week than their male colleagues – a staggering 18.2% less.

Latest figures from the ABS (August 2014) show the health care and social assistance industry has the highest gender pay gap (30.7%), followed by financial and insurance services (30%) and rental, hiring and real estate services (29%).

Closing the Pay Gap Makes Sound Economic Sense

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Media Release 15 August 2014

SA Chiefs for Gender Equity - Wage Gap Concerns

South Australia’s Chiefs for Gender Equity (the Chiefs) have called for urgent action from government, business and other key stakeholders to close the widening wage gap.

The call follows the release of alarming new ABS results that show the National Wage Gap between male and female earnings has blown out to a staggering 18.2 per cent.

18.2% Gender pay gap in Australia

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Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data which shows the average ordinary full time weekly earnings of Australian men is $1559.10, significantly higher than the $1275.90 earned by women. This means women are currently earning just 81.8 cents for every dollar their male colleagues earn, down from an average of 85.1 cents ten years ago. This is the first time since data collection began in 1994 that the gender pay gap in Australia has soared above 18 per cent, to reach a record high of 18.2 per cent.

Carers and Flexible Work

This week, 13-19 October 2013, is Carers Week. Carers Week aims to increase recognition, support and appreciation of Australia's 2.6 million carers. It is an opportunity to learn more about carers, what they do and how you can support them.

A key issue for many carers is how to juggle their caring responsibilities with work, with more than 58% of carers being of working age. Most carers of working age combine their caring role with paid work (55%), and the majority of employed carers work full-time (63%).

Kossiedowski v Parvinder & Anor

Tribunal Decision - 9 September 2013

Ms Kossiedowski was employed as an assistant in a small supermarket. She claimed that over a short period of time, she was sexually harassed by her employer, who asked her sexually explicit questions, patted her backside and deliberately brushed against her breasts.

She made a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission which did not resolve, and so the matter was referred to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.