Fifty-nine days later and it’s [Un]Equal Pay Day!

Some [Un]Equal Pay Days are more [un]equal than others

We have waited 59 [un]equal days and finally today is Equal Pay Day, Wednesday 28 August. [Un]Equal Pay Day marks the additional 59 days women must work from the end of the last financial year to earn the same amount as men.

In Australia, the national gender pay gap is 14% for full-time employees. This figure has only fallen by 0.6 percentage points over the last 12 months.

The 14% gender pay gap means that there is a difference of $241.50 per week between women and men’s earnings on average in Australia.

“The gender pay gap matters for women. Although the gap is closing faster in some states than others, Australian women still have to deal with a pay gap favouring men in every state and territory of our nation,” said Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

“These results also show that the barriers women face in having the same opportunities and rewards in our workplaces as men remain stubbornly persistent. It’s well beyond time for this to change.

“We have to see more employer action on addressing pay equity if we are going to keep reducing the gender pay gap. I urge all Australian employers to take action now.

“The gender pay gap will not close on its own. It will only close if all of us – employers and employees, women and men – work together to make it happen”, she said.

How does my state compare?

The Agency has calculated each Australian state and territory's own [Un]Equal Pay Day. While some Australian states are leading the way in closing the gender pay gap, others are lagging behind.

  Gender pay gap Difference in average weekly full-time salary Women's additional working days (on average)* State's [Un]Equal Pay Day
South Australia 9.2% $140.90 37 6 August
Victoria 9.6% $160.00 38 7 August
Tasmania 12.4% $152.60 42 11 August
Australian Capital Territory 12.5% $240.40 52 21 August
Northern Territory 13.4% $240.70 56 25 August
New South Wales 14.6% $257.60 62 31 August
Queensland 16.6% $281.40 72 10 September
Western Australia 21.8% $419.40 101 9 October





28 August

*Rounded to nearest decimal point.

Why does it matter?

[Un]Equal Pay Day matters because it is a symbol for women’s potential not being fully realised or valued in the workplace.

The national gender pay gap has far reaching consequences for individuals, families and the Australian economy. On average, women today will retire with 40% less superannuation than their male counterparts. The homelessness rate for women over the age of 55 is on the rise, marked by an increase of 31% between 2011 and 2016. Increasing women’s participation in the workforce is also key to boosting Australia’s productivity and innovation.

How you can support Equal Pay Day

Download and share our Equal Pay Day 2019 graphics on Wednesday 28 August

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? Spread the news

Have you heard? It’s [Un] #EqualPayDay today! A 14% national gender pay gap means women work an extra 59 days to earn the same as men. Isn’t it time we close the #genderpaygap? #TheGapMatters @WGEAgency

? Tell us what you would do with an extra 59 days

It’s [Un] #EqualPayDay today! Women had to work 59 extra days to earn the same as men this financial year. If I had an extra 59 days... [EG: I would learn how to say the words “the gender pay gap” in 100 different languages]. #TheGapMatters @WGEAgency

? Tell us what you would do with an extra $241.50 a week

​​​​​​A 14% #genderpaygap is a difference of $241.50 in weekly earnings between women and men. With an extra $241.50 a week, I would… [EG: ease the burden at home and hire a weekly cleaner for the house!] #TheGapMatters #EqualPayDay @WGEAgency

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?️ Share why the gender pay gap matters to you

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  • A 14% gender pay gap matters because… [EG: women are half the workforce and yet women are retiring with 40% less in superannuation than men.] #TheGapMatters #EqualPayDay @WGEAgency
  • A 14% gender pay gap matters to me because… [EG: my daughter and son deserve to be equally valued when they grow up and go to work.] #TheGapMatters #EqualPayDay @WGEAgency

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