eS4W was pleased to host the Pay Equity Forum in Melbourne earlier in September and delighted to focus on this issue in the small to medium enterprise sector. This is an area in which we have been working since 2010.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support from the Commonwealth Office for Women, the expertise of Philippa Hall in facilitating the panel presentation, the members of the panel and the audience who shared their knowledge and experience.
It is this mix of expertise, knowledge and experience that has been recorded in the forthcoming/attached report and has been captured in a plan of action: to support SMEs to achieve pay equity and to harness the full potential of their workforce.
This plan outlines approaches to and resources required by the SME sector to address pay equity issues. The aim of the plan is to develop, publish and promote resources to the small to medium size enterprise sector to improve pay equity outcomes between women and men.
It is our intention to revisit the outcomes of the forum and progress on the plan at another Pay Equity forum in 12 months.
A copy of the report produced from the Pay Equity Forum 2013, held in Melbourne on Thursday 5 September 2013, can be accessed by clicking here.
The following attachments referred to in the report and can be viewed clicking here
Forum Back Ground paper
eS4W SME resources sheet
Fact Sheet – Pay Equity
Small Business equity and flexibility
Women in Business
List of participants
Presentation - Dr Susan Mayson, Monash University
Presentation - Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership,’ Australian Research Council Linkage project, 2011-2014
Catherine Davis: paper
Fair Work Australia January 2012 Award-reliant small businesses by Samantha Farmakis-Gamboni, David Rozenbes and Kelvin Yuen Minimum Wages and Research Branch
AWCCI Summary Research
COSBOA REIA Gender Pay Gap Paper
eS4W What Business Wants; Attitudes to Gender Pay Equity in SME sector
eS4W have also produced a video highlighting the importance of Gender Pay Equity in the SME sector. This is a good tool to share with your members to start discussions around Gender Equity in SMEs.
economic Security4Women (eS4W) is one of the National Women’s Alliances. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.