The Minister for Women Joy Burch has the thrilling news that women in the sheltered workshop of the ACT Public Service now earn just 3.3% less than men.
The pay gap between women and men in the ACT Public Service has decreased to 3.3 per cent in 2009-10, bucking the national trend and taking women in the service a step closer to pay parity, ACT Minister for Women Joy Burch said today.
The ACT Commissioner for Public Administration’s ACT Public Service Workforce Profile for 2009-10 published this week shows the pay gap in the ACTPS contracted from 5.5 per cent in 2008-09 to 3.3 per cent last year.
The report also shows that women are earning more than their male counterparts in five ACT Government agencies, including two major departments – the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
The national pay gap was 17.6 per cent at May 2010, up from 16.9 per cent the previous year, while the ACT-wide gender pay gap increased from 11 per cent to 13.8 per cent over the same period. These gender pay gap figures are based on full-time adult ordinary time earnings figures compiled by the ABS.
Now how has this contributed to the ACT being a better governed polity?
For those who really want to know the ACT PS workforce profile is available.