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UTAS Forum highlights Gender Pay Gap

Forum discusses how to be agents for change in reducing the Gender Pay Gap.


The University of Tasmania, supported by the Tasmanian Government, recently held a forum to discuss how university students can be proactive in addressing the gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap refers to the difference between men’s and women’s average earnings. On average and in the majority of industries, women earn less than men. As of November 2016, on average Tasmanian women earned $162.40 per week less than Tasmanian men (women earning $1,238.60 per week, as compared men who earned $1,401.00 per week).

In the first year after graduating university, on average Australian women earn 9.4 per cent less than men. This means, that if the average male graduate earns $50,000 per annum (pa) in his first year out of university, a female graduate would earn $45,300 pa; a pay gap of $4,700 pa.

On 27 February 2017, the University of Tasmania, supported by the Tasmanian Government, hosted a forum entitled Agents of Change: Reducing the Gender Pay Gap, to discuss the factors influencing the gender pay gap and how young female and male university students can be informed and proactive in working to address the issue.


The forum was hosted by ABC news presenter Angela Ross. The panel included the:

  • Minister for Women the Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP,
  • Rebecca White MP
  • Cassy O’Connor MP
  •  Heidi La Paglia - UTAS graduate and Tasmanian Women’s Council member
  •  Dr Vicki Gardiner, General Manager, Engineers Australia.

View the forum

The Gender Pay Gap forum may be viewed online    

Find out more about the Gender Pay Gap

You can learn more about the gender pay gap by visiting following websites: