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Gender pay gap drops to lowest level on record under Albanese Labor government

SENATOR THE HON KATY GALLAGHER
Minister for Finance
Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Women

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2023

New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today shows that the national gender pay gap has dropped from 13.3% in November 2022 to 13% in May 2023, the lowest level on record.

At the election, Labor committed to help close the gender pay gap and make women’s economic equality a priority of government. 

Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher, said that the figures released today show that Labor’s efforts to drive a better deal for women have been working. 

“I am pleased to be part of a government that is driving action to close the gender pay gap by increasing the minimum wage for aged care workers, banning pay secrecy clauses and passing our Closing the Gender Pay Gap legislation,” said Minister Gallagher. 

“But there is still plenty of work to do for women whose weekly full-time income is still, on average, $252.30 lower per week than men.

“That’s why Albanese Government will release an Employment White Paper at the end of August and look to further reforms in the Workplace Gender Equality Act in early 2024 to further speed progress in closing the gender pay gap.”

The ABS gender pay gap data can be found online here.

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