Senior Partnerships Adviser
Equal Pay day falls on Friday 4 September this year. This represents the 65 days that women, on average, would be required to work from the start of the financial year on 1 July to earn the same as men.
Using the latest Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) data released by the Australian Bureau of statistics, the Agency calculates the national gender pay gap to be 17.9%, a difference of $284.20 in earnings per week.
The latest AWE data was collected in May and shows a slight decrease (-0.6 pp) since May 2014. It shows:
- South Australia is the state with the lowest gender pay gap (10.8%) and Western Australia has the highest (26%).
- Accommodation and Food Services is the industry with the lowest gender pay gap (7%) and Financial and Insurance Services has the highest (30.5%).
Our fact sheet ‘Gender pay gap statistics’ has been updated with the latest figures.
The national gender pay gap based on AWE is a symbol for the overall position of women in the workforce. It does not show ‘like-for-like’ pay gaps, that is pay rates for employees working in the same or comparable roles, nor determine or explain the causes of any differences in earnings between women and men.