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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.

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

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 Workplace Gender Equality Agency has been featured in Apolitical's 'Gender Equality. 5 Days. 50 Ideas.'

This is an exciting initiative designed to deliver bite-sized and inspirational gender equality policy ideas to policymakers across the country.

WGEA data shows employers are realising the importance of doing a gender pay gap analysis with 37.7% of organisations conducting an analysis last year, an increase of almost 11 percentage points. It is important for all organisations to look at your data, as you may be surprised by the results.