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Gender pay gap statistics 2012

21 Feb 2012

Gender pay gap short-changes women $250.50 a week


  • Australian women, on average, earn 17.4% less than men
  • The gender pay gap has remained almost unchanged in two decades
  • Western Australia has the widest pay gap of 25.8%

Australia's working women earn 17.4% less than their male colleagues, based on new ABS data. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) has calculated the gender pay gap based on average weekly ordinary time earnings for men and women.

The average weekly earnings of women working full-time were $1,186.90 per week or $250.50 per week less than men, who earned an average weekly wage of $1,437.40 per week. Over the course of a year, this difference would add up to $13,026.

WA has the largest gender pay gap at 25.8% while the ACT has the lowest at 12.0%.

The gender pay gap was 17.6% in November 2011 and has consistently hovered around 15-18% over the last two decades.

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