[Un]Equal Pay Day: 28 August 2019

Some [Un]Equal Pay Days are more [un]equal than others

To mark this year’s [Un]Equal Pay Day on 28 August 2019, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has calculated the date of each Australian state and territory’s [Un]Equal Pay Day.

Gender pay gapDifference in average weekly full-time salaryWomen’s additional working days (on average)*State’s [Un]Equal Pay Day
South Australia9.2%$140.90376 August
Victoria9.6%$160.00387 August
Tasmania12.4%$152.604211 August
Australian Capital Territory12.5%$240.405221 August
Northern Territory13.4%$240.705625 August
New South Wales14.6%$257.606231 August
Queensland16.6%$281.407210 September
Western Australia21.8%$419.401019 October





28 August

*Rounded to nearest decimal point.

“The gender pay gap matters for women. Although the gap is closing faster in some states than others, Australian women still have to deal with a pay gap favouring men in every state and territory of our nation,” said Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

“These results also show that the barriers women face in having the same opportunities and rewards in our workplaces as men remain stubbornly persistent. It’s well beyond time for this to change.

“We have to see more employer action on addressing pay equity if we are going to keep reducing the gender pay gap. I urge all Australian employers to take action now.

“The gender pay gap will not close on its own. It will only close if all of us – employers and employees, women and men – work together to make it happen”, she said.

About the national gender pay gap

The national gender pay gap measures the difference between the average weekly full-time base salary earnings of women and men, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings. It is a measure of women’s overall position in the paid workforce and does not compare like roles.

The gender pay gap is not the difference between two people being paid differently for work of equal or comparable value. This is unequal pay and it is unlawful.

Key facts

  • The national gender pay gap is 14.0%. It has declined from 14.1% in the past 6 months.
  • On average, women working full-time earned $1484.80 while men working full-time earned $1726.30.
  • Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $241.50.

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