Gender equality

Closing the gender pay gap

A Federal Labor government will take action to close the gender pay gap.

We will:

  • have companies with more than 250 workers report their gender pay gap publicly
  • prohibit pay secrecy clauses and give workers the right to disclose their pay (if they want to)
  • take action to close the gender pay gap in the Australian Public Service
  • give greater power to the Fair Work Commission to order pay increases for workers in low paid, female-dominated sectors.

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Affordable childcare

Australians pay some of the highest child care costs in the world.

In fact, fees have increased more than 35% under the Liberals.

The current system sees many women losing money if they work more than three days a week.

A Federal Labor government will make childcare affordable. We will:

  • Scrap the $10,560 child care subsidy cap which often sees women losing money
  • Lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 per cent; and
  • Increase child care subsidy rates for every family earning less than $530,000.

Labor will fix Australia’s broken child care system, which locks out more than 100,000 families because they just can’t afford it.

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Housing for women and kids fleeing domestic violence

As part of Federal Labor’s $10 Billion investment in new public housing, we will build new public housing specifically for women and kids fleeing domestic and family violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness.

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Stopping sexual harassment at work

A Federal Labor government will help stop sexual harassment at work.

We will fully implement all 55 recommendations of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work Report to help stop sexual harassment at work.

The Morrison Government failed to act, leaving the report to gather dust on the desk of former Attorney General, Christian Porter for a whole year.

In April, Scott Morrison promised he would adopt all recommendations of the Respect@Work Report but he hasn’t.

He has recently brought a Bill to Parliament in response to the report but the Bill fails to deliver the change we need. So Labor is pushing to make the Bill stronger.

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