Closing the Gender Pay Gap

A Labor Government will lead a national push to help close the gender pay gap.  

The national gender pay gap is 13.8%, calculated by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).  

If you factor in total earnings – like bonuses and overtime – the gap grows to 16%. In some states it’s over 20%.  

On average, women working full-time earned $1591.20 while men working full-time earned $1,846.50.  

A Labor Government will lead a national push to help close the gender pay gap and increase pay for women workers – particularly in caring jobs, by:   

  • Strengthening the ability and capacity of the Fair Work Commission to order pay increases for workers in low paid, female dominated industries.  
  • Legislating so large companies will have to report their gender pay gap publicly.  
  • Prohibiting pay secrecy clauses and giving employees the right to disclose their pay, if they want to.  
  • Taking action to address the gender pay gap in the Australian Public Service.  

You can read more about our policies to close the gender pay gap in Australian Women. Labor’s Plan for a Better Future.