Equal Pay Day today marks the 67 days the average Australian woman has worked beyond the end of the financial year to earn the same annual salary as a man. ACTU President Ged Kearney said Equal Pay Day highlights Australia's record high gender pay gap and the issues facing working women. Under the first 12 months of the Coalition Government the gender pay gap has blown out to 18.2 per cent the worst it has been in 20 years. Ms Kearney said. That means that the average Australian woman who works 9am to 5pm is working for free from 3.38pm each day. Tony Abbott's response to this is to make things worse for working women now and when they retire.