Gender Pay Equity

Gender pay equity is about ensuring women and men performing the same role are paid the same amount, and women and men performing different work of equal or comparable value are paid equitably. This requires a valuing of skills, responsibilities and working conditions in a non-discriminatory way. Unintended gender biases in hiring, promotion, performance and pay decisions can lead to incidences of pay inequity. Any unfairness or perceived unfairness can negatively impact workplace productivity, employee engagement and morale, access to talent and retention. (Source: WGEA, Gender Pay Equity Toolkit for Managers)

The University has an ongoing long term commitment to reducing the gender pay equity gap. Some of the measures the University has in place to improve gender pay equity include:

  • Undertaking comprehensive annual gender pay equity audits across our entire University.
  • Setting targets of 40% representation of women in all areas of management by 2020.
  • Promoting workplace flexibility and supporting our staff in meeting their personal and work priorities.
  • Supporting Equal Pay Day and increasing awareness among our staff around barriers in place that can impact gender equality.
  • Production of a series of posters on the theme of gender pay equity which are designed to raise awareness and promote critical thinking around the issue of gender pay equity.

As part of the annual pay equity audits our University conducts, we currently report an average Pay Equity Gap of  17.1%. More details at Workforce Profile and Pay Equity Analysis.

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work in order to earn the same average income as men. The Equal Pay Day for 2017 fell on 4 September.

Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, states "The gender pay gap is a measure of lost potential, showing that women still face barriers to accessing senior and high-paying roles. A small improvement over the past year is good news but we need a continued effort to stamp out bias and outdated gender stereotypes."

Find out more information on WGEA's website.

Statement on Equal Pay Day - 4 September 2017

Today, 4 September, is Equal Pay Day and is representative of the additional number of days that women have had to work since the end of the financial year in order to match the average earnings of men for the same period.

As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador, the University aims to address the systemic factors contributing to the gender pay gap. This includes the implementation of strategies to overcome the barriers that impede the achievement of gender equality in the workplace, such as:

* Undertaking comprehensive annual gender pay equity audits;
* Setting a target of 40% representation of women in all areas of management by 2020;
* Promoting workplace flexibility and supporting our staff in meeting their personal and work priorities;  
* Facilitating training options for staff on the potential impacts of unconscious bias; and
* Actively looking at ways to encourage women into non-traditional fields of study and work such as the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The University’s Gender Equality Policy and five-year Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan are evidence of our strong commitment to this task. I recently reaffirmed my commitment to advancing gender equality at the University in a short video which can be viewed on the Gender Equality webpage:

In working towards our application for the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2019, we are taking direct action in reducing gender inequality across the University. More information about this application can be found at:

Equal Pay Day is an important initiative supported by the University and I encourage you to begin discussions with your colleagues about how we can further address the issues that lead to the continued gender pay gap in Australia.


Barney Glover
Vice-Chancellor and President

Western Sydney University Equity and Diversity unit celebrates Equal Pay Day

Vice-Chancellor - Pay Equity Ambassador

On Equal Pay Day in 2015 the Vice-Chancellor was named a Pay Equity Ambassador as part of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of pay equity. In a media release on being announced as a Pay Equity Ambassador the Vice-Chancellor stated:

"Western Sydney University has a longstanding commitment to gender equality in the workplace, and annual pay equity audits are part of a wider strategy, which includes understanding of unconscious biases and structural issues in recruitment and promotion, the establishment of targets for representation of women in management, and the provision of a flexible working environment."

The Vice-Chancellor has joined with prominent business leaders in calling for action to close the pay gap between men and women and signed the following statement:

The Pay Equity Pledge

"We recognise gender bias can creep into performance, talent development
and pay decisions to create like for like gender pay gaps.
That's why we analyse and monitor our talent management data, including pay,
by gender and take action.
We also set the expectation among people managers that they address gender bias in their decision making.
We do this because we know we can't attract and retain the best people and improve workplace productivity if there's any unfairness or perception of unfairness in our workplaces.
We encourage all business leaders to take the first step.
Equal pay is in your hands."

Online tool to assist women in employment negotiations

economicSecurity4Women have launched an online 'Know your value' resource (opens in a new window)  to help women when negotiating pay and employment conditions and entering into contracts. The online checklist designed specifically for women provides advice on how to confidently negotiate around pay and conditions, promotions, working arrangements and learning and development opportunities.

More information on gender pay equity:

From the Workplace Gender Equality Agency: