Closing the gender pay gap is a complex issue requiring action by the Government, the community, and business.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, the average weekly earnings gender pay gap for full-time employees narrowed to 15.3 per cent in May 2017.
The drivers of the gender pay gap are complex, and the Australian Government is taking a holistic approach to addressing this issue in Australia.
This includes putting in place measures to support women to access industries where they are currently underrepresented and increase their participation in paid work.
Towards 2025: An Australian Government Strategy to Boost Women’s Workforce Participation, details actions the Government is taking to address many of the drivers of pay inequity in Australia, including measures for flexible work, paid parental leave and childhood education.
To support more Australian women into work, the Government is:
- delivering landmark child care reforms — to provide a more affordable, accessible and flexible early education and child care system
- getting more women into science, technology, engineering and maths under the National Innovation and Science Agenda
- setting a target of women holding 50 per cent of Government positions overall and strengthening the BoardLinks program
- shining the light on pay equity through the work of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to narrow the gender pay gap.
As the largest employer of Australian women, the private sector must work in partnership with Government to drive changes for women in the workplace, including by improving pay equity.