This research uses econometric modelling applied to data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to unpack the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap. The report shows that deeply entrenched gender stereotypes about the roles men and women play in paid work and caring continue to be the driving force behind the gender pay gap.
- This report finds, once again, that stubborn gender stereotypes about the roles men and women play in paid work and caring, continue to drive the gender pay gap. These stereotypes still shape the working lives of Australian men and women.
- Closing the primary drivers of the gender pay gap is equivalent to $437 million per week, or almost $23 billion per year in direct wages.
- The gender pay gap will only close with continued effort from government, employers and the community.