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Australia's gender equality scorecard

Media release from the WGEA:

On 16th November the Workplace Gender Equality Agency launched its third year of reporting data with the release of Australia’s latest gender equality scorecard. The 2015-16 dataset covers over 12,000 employers and four million employees in Australia.

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 percent of CEO and 37.4 percent of all manager roles.

Among the key findings included in the scorecard today (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)

➢ Download Australia’s gender equality scorecard for a snapshot of the results 

➢ Visit the WGEA Data Explorer for a more in-depth exploration of the data

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute