The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced yesterday that his Government would develop a family policy and a family package focussed on childcare. BPWA welcomes the announcement and also advocates for the continued government supported scheme for paid parental leave that separates its funding from the individual workplace. Support for improvements in access to high quality childcare for all Australian families should not detract from properly funded parental leave. BPWA welcomes any investment in childcare as a career pathway for women, the increase in qualifications and higher wages for staff that should lead to increased satisfaction of employees, retention of quality staff and reduced turnover. However, concerns continue about the restrictive nature of childcare options and we advocate for careful consultation by the Government in developing the new policy and family package.
The judging panel consisting of Past President Marilyn Forsythe, Director of Young BPW Erin Chew and Young BPW Awardee Mayase Jere, has decided the winning entries in the EPD Club Competition. There were more entries this year and three categories; winning clubs receive $200. Check out all of the winning entries here.
Category 1. Best Equal Pay Day slogan/message: BPW Joondalup
Category 2. Best article on an Equal Pay Day club event: BPW Adelaide
Category 3. Best media coverage: Joint winners: BPW Coffs Harbour and BPW Joondalup
BPW Australia is disturbed by the almost 1% increase in the pay gap between men and women over the past 12 months. Despite all attempts by government to ensure better workplace practices, somehow employers are missing the mark.
BPW Australia calls upon the government to educate employers about the concept of a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and end the secrecy of what men earn in their pay packet compared to women. If there was improved transparency around what workers were paid, women would be better valued for the work they do to keep the Australian economy burning. Read more…