SA narrows gender pay gap

South Australia continues to be a trailblazer for women, recording the lowest gender pay gap in the nation, new statistics show.

Latest Workplace Gender Equality Agency and ABS data shows SA is leading the nation when it comes to pay for women, down from an 8.5% gender pay gap in 2020 to 7% in 2021.

This is compared to other states including Victoria and Queensland recording a wage gap increase.

Not only is South Australia’s gender pay gap the lowest – it far exceeds the national average of 14.2%.

It comes as the State Government is delivering record numbers of women in jobs and has just released a new women’s strategy – the South Australian Women’s Leadership and Economic Security Strategy 2021-24 – to drive women and girls to live, study and work in SA.

The new strategy specifically commits to working across government to address the gender pay gap.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the State Government was focussed on further driving change for women and girls.

“These new statistics reaffirm South Australia is a leading state for women and we’re committed to continuing to drive change for the 900,000 women who live here,” said Minister Lensink.

“Women are crucial to South Australia’s future and that’s why we’re driving a host of emerging career paths from space to defence and construction to ensure young girls have the same opportunities as men to participate in the economy.”

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