The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will introduce a Private Member’s Bill this morning that would require companies to prove that they pay men and women equally. The bill emulates world-first legislation that came into effect this year in Iceland.

“Australia’s gender pay gap is currently 14.6%. This is simply unacceptable and we must take steps to address it,” Mr Wilkie said.

“This bill requires employers with 25 or more employees to obtain certification that when they are making decisions about pay, those decisions are not based on gender. In other words employers will need to prove that they are not discriminating when it comes to pay.

“It also allows the Government to direct employers to clean up their act if they are discriminating, and there are heavy fines if they don’t comply.

“Closing the gender pay gap is vital for women’s economic security. Not only do they have less money to live on when they’re working, but there are also long-term consequences with women’s average superannuation balances currently being half that of men.”

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart