Terms of Reference

Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality, with particular reference to:

  1. the nature and extent of industrial and occupational gender segregation in Australian workplaces relative to comparable jurisdictions, including gender segregation in tertiary education courses;
  2. factors driving industrial and occupational gender segregation in the Australian context;
  3. economic consequences of gender segregation for women, including the contribution of industrial and occupational gender segregation to the gender pay gap;
  4. approaches to addressing gender segregation as it relates to economic inequality and the gender pay gap in comparable jurisdictions; and
  5. remedies appropriate for Australia, including but not limited to:
    1. measures to encourage women’s participation in male - dominated occupations and industries,
    2. measures to professionalise and improve conditions in female - dominated occupations and industries, and
    3. measures to promote pay equity.

Submission closing date is 3 March 2017. The reporting date is 30 March 2016. ​On 13 February 2017, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 11 May 2017. On 9 May 2017, the Committee was granted a further extension to 7 June 2017.


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