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Diversity Council

Australian Government

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

22 August 2019


The gender pay gap measures the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce. It is not the difference between two people being paid differently for work of the same or comparable value, which is unlawful. This is called equal pay. The gender pay gap is an internationally established measure of women’s position in the economy in comparison to men. It is the result of the social and economic factors that combine to reduce women’s earning capacity over their lifetime.

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) share a commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly gender equality.  As part of this commitment, KPMG, DCA and WGEA have worked together since 2009 to develop a greater evidence base on the nature and drivers of the gender pay gap in Australia.

In this new report additional factors are investigated that help explain the gender pay gap.