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In the lead-up to the announcement of the 2020 Australia Day Order of Australia awards, community organisation Honour a Woman and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency are encouraging Australians to keep nominating more women for Australian honours awards.

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 will be 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.

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.

To mark this year’s Equal Pay Day on 28 August 2020, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has calculated the date of each Australian state and territory’s Equal Pay Day.

Family and domestic violence

More organisations support employees experiencing family or domestic violence

There was a substantial increase in the number of employers who have a formal policy or strategy to support employees who are experiencing family or domestic violence, up 13.3pp to 60.2%. The industries with the strongest increase were Arts and Recreation Services (up 21.2pp to 67.3%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 21.1pp to 66.3%) and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (up 20.9pp to 68.5%).

There was also a strong increase in the number of employers offering paid domestic violence leave (up 8.9pp to 30.3%).

2019 Scorecard chart 6 - orgs with a DV policy/strategy

More organisations offer domestic violence support mechanism

The number of employers offering some form of support for employees experiencing family or domestic violence increased by 2.9pp to 88.3%.

2019 Scorecard chart 7 - DV support mechanisms