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.
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.
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.
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:
Originally submitted on 23 October, 2014 - 12:06. Last updated on 28 October, 2014 - 12:06.
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%).
Originally submitted on 4 September, 2014 - 15:56. Last updated on 29 May, 2015 - 11:01.
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.
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%).
Originally submitted on 18 October, 2013 - 13:18. Last updated on 17 January, 2014 - 14:16.
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.
Originally submitted on 9 September, 2013 - 15:43. Last updated on 17 January, 2014 - 15:03.