Event Takeaways - Workplace Gender Equality Agency 2017 National Data Launch


At the latest Committee for Perth’s, Perth in Focus luncheon, Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) presented the 2017 national data, focusing on how Western Australia is faring in terms of the gender pay gap, representation of women and men across industries and how organisations are taking action to promote gender equality.

The key takeaways were:

  • The WGEA data covered more than four million employees across 11-12,000 organisations.
  • The number of organisations carrying out gender pay gap analysis has increased from 24% in 2013-14 to 37.7% in 2016-17.
  • Western Australia’s gender pay gap is 28.3%, which equates to $40,000 a year, the highest in country. The rate has dropped two per cent over the past year.
  • Nationally, the gender pay gap is 22.4% or $26,527 a year.
  • 34.1% of organisation have a policy to deal with the issue of gender pay, 60.3% a flexible workplace and 36.8% domestic violence.
  • Seven-out-of-10 employers favour a flexible workplace. The normalisation of flexible work is a key driver to women getting into leadership positions.
  • Seven-out-of-10 employers have gender equality programs, only three-out-of-10 have any KPI’s attached to them.
  • The effect of the gender pay gap and the greater caring role women play means they retire with 50% less superannuation than men. The largest cohort of homeless people is women aged over 55.
  • Leadership accountability is essential to fix entrenched gender issues in the workplace.

Read the WGEA score card here.

View the presentation.

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