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  • 23 Jul 2017 2:07 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Professor Mara Olekalns, writing in The Conversation, explores the realities of seeking a pay rise.  She advises us to make our case for a pay rise by highlighting our unique skills and contributions to the organisation, providing a well-reasoned case for increased wages and explore some non-economic ways to enhance your overall remuneration package. However she adds a caveat on this approach: it works better for men than for women, who violate the stereotype-based expectations that they display warmth and concern when they ask.

    She acknowledges that asking for a pay rise isn’t simple for many employees and provides some practical tips for negotiating a pay rise.  Also refer to the Harvard Business review advice on how to be your own best advocate.


  • 18 Jul 2017 4:58 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The Conversation reports that narrowing the wage gap between men and women would not only deliver equal income, but boost Australia’s long-term productivity, our research shows.  Government data shows that the gender pay gap for full-time employees, across all industries and occupations is 23.1%. This means, on average, that women earn A$26,853 less per year than men. We looked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE) data from 1986 to 2013, and controlled for other factors that affect labour productivity. All else being equal, we found that gender income inequality adversely affects productivity. In fact, a 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%. Put another way, eliminating Australia’s existing gender wage gap would lift long-term labour productivity growth by 5.7%. 

  • 18 Jul 2017 4:53 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The business case for greater gender diversity on boards is pretty clear. KPMG’s recently released Enterprise's 2017 ASX 300+ Report found that mid-market companies with more women on their boards achieved higher revenue growth, profitability and shareholder returns than those without gender diversity (and also diversity of age, culture, experience and other factors).  Although the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has set a target of 30% for female board representation by the end of 2018, current levels of female representation show there is still a way to go.

  • 17 Jul 2017 9:48 AM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    As part of a series on gendered work and the pay gap, Broad Agenda asked Professor Alison Sheridan, University of New England, for her take on the recently released Senate committee report, 'Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality.' After researching women’s experiences in the paid workforce for more than 25 years, Professor Sheridan advises that until we address the fundamental problem of the undervaluing of traditionally ‘female’ occupations, Australia’s poor record in gender pay equity will continue.


  • 12 Jul 2017 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    Women NSW (the government department) is inviting women in NSW to Have Their Say as part of the development of the NSW Women's Strategy.  

    The NSW Government is developing the NSW Women’s Strategy, a whole-of-government, whole-of-community policy framework to improve gender equality and gender equity in NSW.

    The strategy is planned to be released later this year.

    The aim of the strategy is to improve equality and equity for women and girls in every aspect of their lives.

    The objectives of the strategy are:

    • To understand the diverse experiences of gender inequality and gender inequity of women and girls across their lifespan.
    • To increase engagement with the whole community on improving gender equality and gender equity.
    • To identify areas for focused action and investment.
    • To support men and boys to engage with issues of gender inequality and gender inequity.
    • To develop an evidence-based framework for achieving change.

    The overarching areas of focus that will be addressed in the strategy include:

    • Health, wellbeing and safety
    • Economic empowerment
    • Culture and identity
    • Leadership and work
    To Have Your Say go to:  NSW Women
  • 08 Jul 2017 5:20 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    What's the deal with economic leadership and women in Australia? Nationally, Australia has never had a female treasurer, nor a woman as secretary of Treasury, nor for that matter, a female governor of the Reserve Bank. Remember, these three posts represent the supreme triumvirate of economic positions nationally. All have been held by men. Exclusively.  National Affairs Editor for Fairfax, Mark Kenny argues that this cannot be brushed off as the blind operation of the merit principle

  • 08 Jul 2017 5:07 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    University of South Australia emeritus professor Barbara Pocock researched working hours for decades. She says we need to rethink the working week and rethink the number of hours we spend on paid work. "I think it is really interesting that there isn't a proper discussion about a four-day working week. Technology was meant to liberate us from the five-day week but, instead, what's happened is that the profit share has increased, reduced the wages share and we've loaded up on intensity and working hours." http://www.theage.com.au/comment/long-weekends-why-every-working-week-should-be-four-days-long-20170612-gwpcic.html  

    Barbara will be speaking at the 2017 BPW Adelaide EPD event http://www.unisa.edu.au/Business-community/Hawke-Centre/Events-calendar/Gender-Pay-Equity-How-do-we-make-it-happen/ ]

  • 27 Jun 2017 3:30 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    A Senate Committee report on Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality was released in June 2017. The Senate’s recommendations align with BPW Australia’s policy position including amending the Fair Work Act 2009 to improve its capacity to address equal remuneration by introducing gender pay equity as an overall object of the Act.

    Link to the Inquiry; Link to the Report and recommendations.


  • 27 Jun 2017 3:02 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)
    In this Diversity Council of Australia report Dr Graeme Russell and Dr Michael Flood, two of Australia’s leading researchers in Diversity and Inclusion, draw on the latest evidence and experience to offer a set of recommendations for how organisations can engage men effectively to achieve gender equality at work.  The report makes the point that while involving men in efforts to drive gender equality is important – it mustn’t be at the expense of women’s voices and it shouldn’t be viewed as ‘the magic bullet’. 
  • 27 Jun 2017 2:46 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The Flexible Work. What’s Working and What’s Not? survey identified the barriers, issues, myths and opportunities presented by flexible work from the perspective of both employees and employers. The voluntary survey was conducted in April 2017 and reported on Australia’s first ever national Flexible Working Day: 21 June 2017. The findings from the survey have been distilled into this report, to drive a social change initiative about the win-win benefits of modern approaches to flexible working for both employers and employees. 

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