Equal Pay Day is today - 25 August 2023.
In 1969 Australian women earnt the right to equal pay for equal work. But something is still missing.
On average, women in Australian earn less than men. This is called the gender pay gap.
Equal Pay Day marks the 56 days into the new financial year that Australian women must work to earn the same, on average, as men did last year.
How is Equal Pay Day calculated?
WGEA uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics average weekly earnings data to calculate the number of days after the end of financial year that women have to work to be paid the same as the average man. This is called Equal Pay Day.
The February 2023 average weekly pay for men working full time was $1,907.10. Women earnt $1,653.60 per week on average. That’s a difference of $253 every week and $13,183 every year.
At the average rate of pay for women, this is the equivalent of eight weeks additional paid work (56 days).
It’s important to note these figures are base salary only. They do not include bonuses, superannuation or overtime – which men are more likely to earn – or the salaries of Australians working part-time.
What's missing matters
For some people, the gender pay gap is hard to understand or does not seem relevant to their everyday lives.
But for women in Australia, the gender pay gap matters. The dollars and cents represent the value placed on their skills, labour and time. It represents missing money that could be spent to meet everyday costs of living.
The gender pay gap costs the Australian economy $51.8bn every year.
In 2023 WGEA is asking employers to take action to reduce their gender pay gap and demonstrate that what's missing matters.
What is your state's Equal Pay Day?
Using the ABS data, WGEA has calculated Equal Pay Day for every state in Australia.
Equal Pay Day is:
- 25 July in Tasmania
- 2 August in South Australia
- 9 August in the ACT
- 16 August in New South Wales
- 28 August in Victoria
- 31 August in the Northern Territory
- 3 September in Queensland
- 13 October in Western Australia
What is your industry's Equal Pay Day?
Using the ABS data, WGEA has calculated Equal Pay Day for every industry in Australia.
Equal Pay Day is:
- 14 July for Other Services
- 24 July for Public Administration and Safety
- 3 August for Accommodation and Food Services
- 4 August for Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
- 10 August for Education and Training
- 16 August for Manufacturing
- 17 August for Arts and Recreation Services
- 18 August for Retail Trade
- 18 August for Transport, Postal and Warehousing
- 3 September for Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
- 5 September for Wholesale Trade
- 9 September for Construction
- 13 September for Information, Media and Telecommunications
- 21 September for Administration and Support Services
- 25 September for Financial and Insurance Services
- 6 October for Healthcare and Social Assistances
- 7 October for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
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Lean more about the gender pay gap
We know the gender pay gap can be confusing. This page explains what it is, and what it is not.
Need the mathematical details? This page explains the gender pay gap calculation and why you sometimes see different numbers.