List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

6.13    The committee recommends that the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet lead the development and implementation of a national policy framework to achieve gender pay equity in Australia. The framework should set a pay equity target date, provide an advisory structure to guide implementation, provide a roadmap for achieving pay equity in Australia, address segregation in Australian workplaces, and draw on measures in Australia’s public and private sectors and in comparable overseas jurisdictions.

6.14    The national policy framework to achieve pay equity should coordinate efforts across agencies of government to address the factors that adversely affect women’s workforce participation and gender segregation, including:

Recommendation 2

6.23    The committee recommends that the Fair Work Act 2009 be amended to improve its capacity to address equal remuneration, including:

Recommendation 3

6.24    The committee further recommends government conduct a comprehensive consultation process with expert stakeholders to achieve these reforms and define any others needed to the Act to achieve pay equity for Australian women.

Recommendation 4

6.28    The Pay Equity Unit (PEU) was established as part of the Fair Work Commission to undertake pay equity related research and provide information to inform matters relating to pay equity. The committee recommends that the government:

Recommendation 5

6.32    The committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training update the National Career Development Strategy and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development to address the need for gender sensitive career guidance and counselling in all Australian schools and training institutions. The strategy should:

Recommendation 6

6.33    The committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training undertake a national evaluation of all programs and initiatives associated with increasing numbers of girls in STEM education, to provide benchmark data and best practice guidelines.

Recommendation 7

6.38    The committee recommends that the government conduct a review of the recent initiative in the United Kingdom on Gender Pay Gap Reporting within two years of the program’s implementation.

Recommendation 8

6.39    The committee recommends that the government conduct a review of labour force data with particular attention to job classifications used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the integration of other available datasets. This review should engage businesses, WGEA, unions and academics.

Recommendation 9

6.40    The committee recommends that the ABS Time Use study recommence on a regular basis.

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