Equal Pay Day 2020

The national gender pay gap remains stable at 14%. This year, Equal Pay Day is on 28 August 2020, 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 earned 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% for full-time employees, a difference of $253.60 per week.

2020 Key Facts

  • The national gender pay gap is 14%. 
  • On average, women working full-time earned $1,558.40 while men working full-time earned $1,812.00.
  • Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $253.60.

2020 Theme: #KeepMindingTheGap

The national theme for Equal Pay Day 2020 is ‘Keep Minding the Gap’. During this global pandemic, it is important that employers continue to focus on gender equality in their organisations. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women and could affect women's long-term economic security and rates of workforce participation.

Gender equality is also good for business. Our Gender Equity Insights Report 2020 provides definitive evidence that gender-balanced leadership in an organisation delivers better company performance, improved productivity and greater profitability. Organisations must #KeepMindingTheGap, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is their fiduciary responsibility and an important aspect of rebuilding the Australian economy.

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    How you can support Equal Pay Day

    Share our Equal Pay Day 2020 graphics and videos

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    Spread the news

    Have you heard? It’s #EqualPayDay today! Women must work an extra 59 days to earn the same as men. Isn’t it time we close the #GenderPayGap? #KeepMindingTheGap @WGEAgency

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    We've created some gender pay gap explainer videos for you to share, check them out on our YouTube channel

    Tell us what you would do with an extra 59 days

    It’s #EqualPayDay today! There's so many reasons to #KeepMindingTheGap. 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]. @WGEAgency

    Tell us how you will #KeepMindingTheGap

    This #EqualPayDay, I will #KeepMindingTheGap by ... [EG: Continuing to run diversity and inclusion programs for my employees during COVID 19]. @WGEAgency

    Don't forget to use the hashtags #EqualPayDay and #KeepMindingTheGap and tag @WGEAgency!

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    Be a part of our #KeepMindingTheGap campaign by sharing how you will continue to work towards gender equality

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    Share how you will keep minding the gap

    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:

    • I will #KeepMindingTheGap by... [EG: updating my organisation's gender equality strategy] #EqualPayDay @WGEAgency
    • I will #KeepMindingTheGap because... [EG: my daughter and son deserve to be equally valued when they grow up and go to work.] #EqualPayDay @WGEAgency

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    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.

    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%.