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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8156


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RUSTON: The gender pay gap has been trending down under the Liberal-National government. Based on ABS data, the gender pay gap has fallen to 14.5 per cent, the lowest percentage on record—falling by 2.7 percentage points under the Liberal-National government. The government has provided an additional $8 million to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to enable them to increase the scope of their gender pay gap reporting from around 40 per cent of the workforce to around 75 per cent of the workforce. The information provided by WGEA to employers provides them with a clear picture, enabling them to address pay disparities in the workplace. The United Kingdom has recently imposed a requirement for companies with 250 employees or more to report their gender pay gap publicly. We will consider how effective this is as further data becomes available.

Question agreed to.