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ECU leads Western Australian universities for equal pay

Data released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed ECU's gender pay gap is the lowest of all Western Australian universities, at 3.7%. ECU is also well below the national gender pay gap, which sits at 19%.

Woman speaking to staff and students. ECU's Median Base Salary Gender Pay Gap of 3.7% is the lowest of all WA universities.

In new data released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), it has been revealed Edith Cowan University's (ECU) gender pay gap is the lowest of all Western Australian universities, at 3.7%.

The WGEA pay comparison for companies with 100 or more staff reveals nationally, the median gender pay gap is at 19%.

"It's pleasing to see ECU once again leading the way when it comes to gender equity, we strive every day to make our institution a better place to work for our staff," ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said.

"We actively identify, reduce and at every opportunity remove the attitudinal, behavioural, and cultural barriers that impede our workplace for female staff, and that includes pay barriers.

"The data revealed today shows ECU is siting within the WGEA's recommended target of -5% and +5%," he said.

The data reveals ECU's Median Base Salary Gender Pay Gap of 3.7% is the lowest of all other Western Australian Universities.

Earlier this year ECU received its fifth SAGE Cygnet Award, which measures and validates efforts by institutions to reduce and remove barriers to gender equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Following strict benchmarking and peer review by Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), ECU was the very first institution in Australia to achieve a Cygnet Award in August 2022 and now has achieved all required five Cygnet awards from SAGE.

"ECU has been recognised for addressing the gender pay disparity, we are also recognised nationally for our flexible working arrangements, redressing inadequate support systems inhibiting the promotion of women in STEM," Professor Chapman explained.

"While we agree there is still a way to go, we can be proud that as an institution we are proactively seeking to do everything we can to close the gap."


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