Next week, we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day on the Sunshine Coast, along with countless others across the country (and around the world). This year, on Friday 8 March, the focus will be on the IWD theme, #balanceforbetter. It’s about creating a gender-balanced world, acknowledging that everyone has a part to play in creating this balance in both their personal and professional lives.

According to InternationalWomensDay.com:

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

In the workplace, there is still a way to go in Australia when it comes to the gender ‘pay-gap’, due to an over-representation in part-time work and in roles such as child care, aged care and other community services, often seen to be undervalued. According to details from HumanRights.gov.au:

While women comprise roughly 47 per cent of all employees in Australia, they take home on average $251.20 less than men each week (full-time adult ordinary earnings). The national gender “pay gap” is 15.3 per cent and it has remained stuck between 15 per cent and 19 per cent for the past two decades.

In Australia, we have the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), which is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The Agency has a multitude of information on Gender Equality Strategy, including how to set voluntary targets, manage workplace flexibility and reduce the gender pay gap.

Each year, the Agency also collects payroll data from non-government employers with 100 of more employees, which also encourages those employers to review their data, on the lookout for any pay-gaps anomalies. These gaps generally occur within a particular role, by pay level, or within a particular department.

We’d love to know how you support gender equality in your workplace. If it’s something you haven’t thought about, there are many resources out there to get you started. Let us know how we can help you; get in touch with our team today!