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Pay Equity Timeline


  • Women’s minimum wage set at 54% of men’s wages


  • Women’s minimum wage set at 75% of men’s wages


  • ACTU test case establishes principle of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ 1986 Affirmative Action Act (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) introduced


  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act (EEOWA) introduced


  • Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme
  • Review of EEOWA and Sex Discrimination Act
  • Pay Equity Inquiry launched
  • Fair Work Act defines equal pay more broadly as ‘equal remuneration for work of equal or comparable value’
  • BPW Australia and ACTU form Equal Pay Alliance to address the pay gap and invite businesses, unions, community groups and women’s organisations to join.


  • ASX Corporate Governance Gender Diversity Principles and Recommendations introduced.


  • Australian Services Union wins national Social and Community Services Pay Equity Case, properly valuing community work in the social and disability sectors.
  • Dad and Partner Pay Scheme introduced
  • Workplace Gender Equality Act introduced


  • Australian Council of Trade Unions launches the ‘Time To Care’ Campaign to improve work and family balance options for employees
  • Government provides funding to childcare sector to help increase wages for early childhood education and care workers
  • United Voice launches equal pay case for childcare workers.


  • The Workplace Gender Equality Agency expanded their national survey of employers to include remuneration data for the first time
  • G20 countries met in Sydney to discuss global trade and finance, bringing business leaders together at an important event highlighting the difference women;s empowerment and gender equity make to the bottom line
  • The Grattan Institute reported that a six per cent rise in female participation would increase the size of the Australia economy by around $25 billion a year
  • Teh Gender Pay Gap rose to 18.2%, which was the highest since the comparision between women's and en's average earnings were first produced in the early 1990's


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