Australia's gender equality scorecard


Each year the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (‘WGEA’) publishes the annual key findings from the reporting data in the WGEA Gender Equality Scorecard.  

The Scorecard includes the latest figures on the gender pay gap, industry comparisons, women’s workforce participation, women’s representation in leadership and emerging trends in employer action.

WGEA’s dataset is based on reports submitted in accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 for the reporting period 1 April to 31 March. Under the Act, non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees must submit their gender equality metrics to WGEA annually.  


The 2020 WGEA data

2020 key findings snapshot

Base salary gender pay gap - Women's average full-time base salary across all industries and occupations is, on average, 15.0% less than men's. ($15,144 p.a.)
Action on pay equity goes backwards - There was a 1.7pp increase in organisations analysing pay data (up to 46.4%). however, there was a significant reduction (down 6.1pp to 54.4%) in the number of those employers taking action to close the gap.
Increase in employer action on family and domestic violence - Employers with a policy or strategy on family or domestic violence has increased by over 6 pp to 66.4%
Women dominate in part-time and casual roles - Women comprise 50.5% of the WGEA dataset but they dominate part-time (75.1%) and casual (56.3%) roles. Only 38.1% of full-time workers are female.
Employers supporting flexible work - Strong growth in employers with a policy or strategy for lexible working (up 3.2pp to 75.9%) but only 2.2% have set targets for men's engagement (unchanged from last year)
Marginal improvement in gender balance at top levels - Female CEOs increased slightly to 18.3% (up 1.2pp) and female representation on boards increased by 1.3pp to 28.1%
Women's promotions keep rising - Women now comprise 39.9% of all managers, with 44.7% of manager appointments in 2019-20 going to women.
Access to parental leave improves - For the first time in the seven-year dataset, over 50% of employers now offer paid primary carer's leave (up 3.0pp to 52.4%). There was also an increase in paid secondary carer's leave (up 2.6pp to 46.4%)
Health Pay Gap barely shifts - Small drop in the gender pay gap (down 0.7pp to 20.1%). Men still take home on average $25,534 a year more than women.
25.5k gender pay gap - small drop in gender pay gap (down 0.7pp to 20.1%) men still take home on average $25,534 a year more than women.

Australia's gender equality scorecard 2019-20:

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  • New 2019-20 #WGEAdata out today! Find out how <your industry> is tracking for #GenderEquality in #AustralianWorkplaces! <link to scorecard> @WGEAgency
  • According to new #WGEAdata out today, <your industry> have made improvements in gender equality. <Detail a way your organisation is pushing for gender equality> @WGEAgency
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  • <Your organisation> is happy to announce that we are leading the way in <your industry> for <offering parental leave/gender pay gap/etc> #WGEAdata @WGEAgency