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Making it fair: pay equity and associated issues related to increasing female participation in the workforce

A Parliamentary Committee report “Making it fair” claims women in Australia are paid up to 17 per cent less than men and that female dominated employment sectors such as child care and aged care are synonymous with “low paid work”. The pay gap now tops $11,000 a year, with men earning an average wage of $66,690 to women’s $55,198. The report recommends that the Government should create a new pay equity unit with increased powers to penalise companies that do not help close the widening gender salary gap. Other recommendations include giving the Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Human Rights Commissioner greater powers to initiate actions against companies.

House Debates (23/11/09) from Australia. House of Representatives. Employment and Workplace Relations Committee

Full Report (23/11/09) from Australia. House of Representatives. Employment and Workplace Relations Committee