New guide to help small businesses close the gender pay gap

Gender pay equity refers to paying male and female workers the same amount for the same work. Gender pay inequity occurs when males and females are paid at different rates.

To help you achieve gender pay equity in your small business, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has put together a three-step guide (PDF 98KB).

Examples of gender pay inequity

Examples of gender pay inequity can include:

  • paying a man more because he negotiates more assertively

  • employing women as 'cheaper' labour

  • paying men in male-dominated occupations more than award wages while paying women in female-dominated occupations the minimum possible under an award

  • increasing men's pay as their workloads increase, but not doing so for women.

Gender pay inequity is illegal in Australia, under legislation such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and Fair Work Act 2009.

How to achieve gender pay equity

To help you address gender pay inequity in your business, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has produced a three-step guide to fairer pay in your organisation (PDF 98KB) , which details how your business can work to achieve gender pay equity. The steps include:

  • understanding the issue of gender pay equilty

  • reviewing your business payroll data to see if there aregender pay gaps in your business

  • taking action to achieve gender pay equilty in your business

Check out the guide (PDF 98KB) for more details!

Benefits of gender pay equity

Achieving gender pay equity can have benefits for your business. Working to achieve gender pay equity can help your business:

  • retain talented employees

  • avoid the risk of having legal action taken against you for gender pay inequality

  • improve staff morale and productivity.

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