BRENDAN O'CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
STRATEGY TO DELIVER GENDER EQUALITY WELCOMED BY LABOR
Federal Labor today welcomed the launch of the Workplace Gender And Equality Strategy Project Final Report which aims to support and assist employers to promote and achieve gender equality in the workplace.
Labor is concerned about the considerable wage gap of 18.8 per cent, or $298.10 wage gap between the working men and women of Australia, which the latest ABS figures show to be at a record high and above the OECD average of 15.5 per cent.
Notably, the report highlights regular measurement and reporting as a key focus area and encourages organisations to draw on the resources of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to develop successful gender equality strategies.
The WGEA, and its reporting framework, was introduced by Labor in 2013 to engage employers in the process of examining their workplaces, their policies and practices, and reporting on their gender equality performance. The data is used to develop benchmark reports, and identify the barriers that lead to the gap.
Labor will fight any attempts to weaken reporting requirements on the status of women in the workforce.
Labor has a core belief in gender equality and has a record that proves it. When in government, we introduced the current target of having at least 40 per cent female directors on Australian Government boards. This target was exceeded at 41 per cent in 2012 but fell below target to 38 per cent in 2014.
At the recent ALP 2015 National Conference, rule changes were supported to increase Labor women's representation to 50 per cent by 2025.
Across Australia women continue to be significantly under-represented in Parliament and executive government, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians, one-fifth of all ministers, and only two positions in the Abbott Cabinet.
It's time the Government took proactive measures and showed leadership to increase women's representation at the senior levels of government and business.
THURSDAY, 6 AUGUST 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: MEREDITH HORNE (MOORE) 0408 599 800