Equal Pay Day

The national gender pay gap remains stable at 14.0%, a drop of just 0.1pp over the last six months. This year, [Un]Equal Pay Day is on 28 August 2019, marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work, on average, to earn the same amount as men earnt that year.

Using the latest Average Weekly Earnings trend series data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has calculated the national gender pay gap as 14.0% for full-time employees, a difference of $241.50 per week.

2019 Key Facts

  • The national gender pay gap is 14.0%. It has declined from 14.1% in the past 6 months.
  • On average, women working full-time earned $1484.80 while men working full-time earned $1726.30.
  • Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $241.50.

2019 Theme: #The Gap Matters

The national theme for [Un]Equal Pay Day 2019 is ‘The gap matters’. The gender pay gap matters because it measures the extent of the barriers women face in the workforce. Women’s full potential in the workforce is not being realised and this is costing individuals, families and the Australian economy.

The gender pay gap is a compounding economic issue that results in women retiring with around 40% less superannuation than men.

Focusing on why closing the gender pay gap is important to you, we invite you to have an open discussion about Equal Pay Day via your communication channels.

Equal Pay Day 2019 - #TheGapMatters
Equal Pay Day 2019 - #TheGapMatters
Equal Pay Day 2019

    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

    Don't forget to use the hashtags #EqualPayDay and #TheGapMatters and tag WGEA!

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    Be a part of our #TheGapMatters campaign by sharing your story

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    ?️ Share why the gender pay gap matters to you

    You can do this by snapping a photo of yourself with our selfie sign (below), take a short video or simply share your reason in a post:

    • 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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    Equal Pay Day 2019 - Selfie Sign

    Equal Pay Day Resources

    Last week, in the lead up to Equal Pay Day, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, (‘the Agency’) in  partnership with KPMG Australia and the Diversity Council of Australia, launched the newest instalment of She’s Price(d)less: the economics of the gender pay gap.

    Each year, many different countries across the globe mark their own versions of Equal Pay Day in the calendar year and put their own spin on how to highlight the gender pay gap.

    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 2019, [Un] Equal Pay Day falls on Wednesday 28 August, marking the additional 59 day’s women have to work from the end of the last financial year to earn the same amount as men. [Un]Equal Pay Day is a symbolic indicator of the significance of the national gender pay gap and why it matters for Australian women.

    The gender pay gap – while it looks like just a number on a page, it means so much more in reality. Ahead of Equal Pay Day this Wednesday 28 August 2019, it is important that we take a step back and really look at what the gender pay gap means for you, your family, your workplace and Australia.

    Last month, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (‘the Agency’) published a quiz testing the public’s knowledge on the gender pay gap. Since its release, the Agency has received over 500 responses. The average score was 71% - 9.2 out of 13. Around one in five respondents scored within 90%-100%.