WA has the highest gender pay gap in the country, at around 22% - more than 8% higher than the national gap of 14.6%. Pay inequality between men and women is present at skill and income levels across all industries. It is a common misconception that the WA gender pay gap is a result of the high wages earned in mining. Only 6% of the state’s population is employed in the sector. Rental hiring and real estate, have gender pay gaps of more than 35%. The gap is also particularly high in the finance sector.
Pay inequity limits the choices and opportunities for both women and men because it influences family decisions about who will undertake care; while also affecting superannuation contributions and retirement savings. Alison’s Industrial Relations (Equal Remuneration) Amendment Bill 2018 would allow the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to hear pay equity cases, and to make enforceable equal remuneration orders.
The bill would also re-establish the Pay Equity Unit. Alison first introduced her Industrial Relations (Equal Remuneration) Amendment Bill 2011 on 20 October 2011.