07 October 2021

Gender Pay Gap reporting in the ACT Public Service to be strengthened.

The Legislative Assembly has endorsed a motion moved by Suzanne Orr MLA, calling on the ACT Government to undertake more detailed reporting on the gender pay gap in the ACT Public Service.

The motion calls for the ACT Government to provide additional detailed reporting on the gender pay gaps within directorates and within executive and non-executive roles.

The ACT Public Service will also consider ways the gender gap for diverse groups, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Non-binary and gender diverse people and People Living with Disability can be reported.

In Australia the national gender pay gap has reduced from a high of 18.5% in November 2014 to 13.4% in November 2020 although there has subsequently been an increase back up to 14.2% as of May 2021 with concerns the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will further increase the gap. In the ACT the gender pay gap is 7.9%.

According to Australian Super, women retire with 42% less super than men on average. There are many factors that influence this outcome, but the gender pay gap is one of the more significant contributors.

“I am proud of the work that has already been done within the ACT, however I along with other women in the work force would like to see better reporting on gender and pay.”

“Through my motion, I have identified some of these data gaps which can begin to be filled. There remains a lack of reporting available on the breakdown between directorates. There is also a lack of reporting on the difference in outcomes between executive and non-executive levels”, Suzanne Orr MLA.

The motion was passed by the Assembly on the 6th of October 2021.

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