SA leaders assemble to tackle gender pay gap
Eliminating the gap between the average earnings of men and women in South Australia is one of the ambitious goals at the heart of the State Government’s new Gender Pay Gap Taskforce.
The ground-breaking group, made up of SA sector and industry leaders and chaired by the Hon Irene Pnevmatikos, will meet for the first time in October to tackle the social and economic factors that combine to reduce women’s earning capacity over their lifetime.
While South Australia has the smallest pay gap in the country of 7.4%, there is still more work to do.
The Taskforce’s objectives are to identify the specific issues which lead and contribute to the gender pay gap in South Australia, consult with subject matter experts, provide high-level independent advice to the Minister and make recommendations on actions to reduce the gap. The Taskforce will meet over a two-year period.
The work of the Taskforce will sit alongside a range of other measures the State Government has committed to work towards to achieve gender equality.
Members of the Gender Pay Gap Taskforce
- Member of the Legislative Council the Hon Irene Pnevmatikos (Chair)
- BHP Asset President Olympic Dam Jennifer Purdie
- Eldercare CEO Jane Pickering
- Business SA CEO Andrew Kay
- South Australian Council of Social Services CEO Ross Womersley
- University of South Australia Centre for Workplace Excellence Professor Carol Kulik
- Working Women’s Centre SA Director Abbey Kendall
- Head of SA Union Women’s caucus Natasha Brown
- Remuneration Tribunal SA President Matthew O’Callaghan
- Equal Opportunity Commissioner SA Jodeen Carney
- Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri
- Office for Women Director Dr Sanjugta Vas Dev (ex-officio)