Welcome to BPW Australia, part of the global network of BPW International
Our focus is on issues that affect women and work, and we welcome as members women in paid and voluntary work, including women who used to work and women who aspire to work. Our members are drawn from a wide range of working women: employers and employees, corporate women and small business women, women in professions and trades, and from the non-profit and government sectors. They give their time and passion to support our campaigns, run projects and drive change that's good for women and the world. Much of this work is done through BPW clubs across Australia – the heart of BPW. The clubs are also where women find friendship, networking and the good times for which BPW Australia is also renowned. Membership of BPW Australia gives you access to scholarships, awards, conferences and discounts.BPW actively promotes personal development, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience and lobbies on issues affecting women.
Have your say on matters important to women, join our discussion groups, keep updated on
current developments, visit a club, enjoy good company and network locally or globally.
BPW Australia calls on leaders in government and industry to initiate strategies to address and close the gender pay gap.
The Gender Pay Gap in 2016 stands at 16.2% and has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decades (based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Average Weekly Earnings survey data). Despite the many social, legislative and technological advances of the 21st Century, pay inequality between women and men has stagnated. The 2016 figure is an improvement on the 18.2% and 17,9% Gender Pay Gaps reported in 2014 and 2015 respectively, but we still have a way to go before reaching pay equity between women and men. On average, men working full-time earned $1,613.60 and women earned $1,352.50, a difference of $261.10 per week.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has nominated 8 September as this year’s Equal Pay Day. This means that women in employment in Australia must work an extra ten weeks in order to be on a par with their male counterparts’ earnings in the previous financial year.
BPW Australia is working to elevate this issue on the public agenda by raising awareness about pay inequity and making ‘wages’ a matter of priority in public discussion. We mark Equal Pay Day as a way of drawing attention to the pay gap that exists not only in Australia but in most countries between women and men.