The Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency ( WGEA) has just released Australia’s 2016 Gender Equality Scorecard

 The new data shows some encouraging signs – a continued downward trajectory of the gender pay gap, increased women’s representation in leadership and that more employers are taking action to address gender inequality.  

 But progress is modest at best. The data shows that women are still undervalued in the workplace. The average full-time female employee took home $26,853 less than the average male employee in 2015-16, with the salary difference rising to $93,884 at the top level of management. Women are also under-represented in leadership roles: holding just 16.3 per cent of CEO and 37.4 per cent of all manager roles.

 Among the key findings included in the scorecard (with percentage point movement since 2013-14):

  • Gender pay gap (full-time total remuneration): 23.1% (down 1.6 pp) 
  • Largest industry gender pay gap: Financial and Insurance Services: 33.5% (down 2.6 pp) 
  • Key Management Personnel who are women: 28.5% (up 2.4 pp)
  • Employers with policies to support gender equality: 70.7% (up 4.5 pp) 
  • Employers who have conducted a gender pay gap analysis: 27.0% (up 3.0 pp)
  • Appointments of women to manager roles: 42.6% (new data point)

Industry specific data can also be found in the Scorecard and on the WGEA Data Explorer website.

 For organisation specific data, organisations that report to WGEA now have access to Competitor Analysis Benchmark Reports. These confidential, customised reports compare an organisation’s relative performance against a selected comparison peer group on a number of benchmarks, including pay gaps and management representation. These reports can be accessed through each organisation’s secure online portal.

WGEA has also announced the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality recipients for 2015 -16. See the list of leading practice employers on the WGEA website.