Pay and gender

The issues around pay and gender are complex and often confused. The confusion stems from the relation between the different concepts of the gender pay gap and equal pay (also referred to as 'unequal pay'). 

Figurine woman and man standing on different sized coin piles, with the man's pile higher

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce. It is a measure of women's economic position as a whole in comparison to men, whether it be at a national, industry or organisational level. 

Find out more about what causes the gender pay gap and the latest gender pay gap statistics.

Figurines of different genders and ages sitting on equal sized coin piles

Equal pay is when two people are being paid equally for work of the same or comparable value. It is unlawful in Australia for workplaces not to do so (although it is still not uncommon).

Find out more about the different pay equity issues and the actions organisations can take.