The national gender pay gap for 2015 stands at 17.9%. It has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decades and has been resilient to change in the 21st Century!. The gap is calculated annually by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' labour force data: it is the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings.
WGEA also nominates the annual Equal Pay Day, this year as 4 September. This means that if women work seven days a week from 1 July 2015 to 4 September 2015, they will catch up with the pay earned by men in the previous financial year.
BPW Australia has partnered with the ACTU and eS4W to initiate the Equal Pay Alliance. The Equal Pay Alliance represents Australian employer and employee organisations, including business, union and community groups who have joined together to pursue practical action to ensure women’s work is properly valued and that decades of inequity are brought to an end.There are now more than 50 member groups who have joined to take action for women's equality at work, on boards, and in leadership.
Find out more about Equal Pay Day, the Equal Pay Alliance and how you too can make a difference at http://www.equalpayday.com.au.