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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.
(See: www.news.com.au/finance/women-earn-less-than-men-as-gender-gap-grows/story-e6frfm1i-1227024676703)

Research points to contributing factors such as lack of flexible work options in senior roles, unconscious bias in recruiting and promotion, lack of female leaders in organisations and male-dominated workplace culture. Figures like this show a bleak future for women, particularly with an ageing population, and indicate that more and more women will be retiring in poverty. Much more needs to be done and done quickly.

In 2012, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) brought together South Australia’s Chiefs for Gender Equity to work as a group, and in their respective industries, on initiatives to promote gender equity.

You can contact us if you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination at work, or if you are interested in the Commission’s training programs.

Anne Gale
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity