Thursday 8 March 2018 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Press for Progress, is an opportunity to reflect on progress to date and priorities for the future. Here are some key facts about women and work in Australia.
- The gender pay gap starts from graduation
- The gender pay gap follows women into retirement
- Women are missing from senior leadership and the board table
The Agency recently teamed up with the Business Council of Australia to develop a report Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way to help organisations dismantle barriers to women’s participation at senior levels.
- Australia’s workforce is highly segregated
Many industries are developing policies and strategies to encourage women and men to enter non-traditional roles. The Agency developed a series called women’s work | men’s work, which focuses on a number of employees fighting stereotypes about the types of work women and men ‘should’ be doing.
- Flexible working allows women and men to share the care
Parental leave policies have also traditionally focused on the mothers, however Australian employers are slowly moving away from traditional maternity leave policies and instead focusing on gender neutral ‘parental leave’ for the primary carer.
SOURCE: “IWD 2018: Key Facts about Women and Work.” Workplace Gender Equality Agency website viewed 8 March 2018
See also: Resources & Downloads
- Gender pay gap statistics
- Gender Equity Insights 2018: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap
- Higher education enrolments and graduate labour market statistics
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia