Researchers to assist Fair Work Commission on pay equity

A research team based at Adelaide Law School has been engaged by the Fair Work Commission to prepare a research report on the equal remuneration provisions in the Fair Work Act. Under that Act, the Commission can make orders to ensure pay equity between male and female workers. This power has already been used to award significant pay increases to employees in the social and community services sector, and a further case is presently under way for childcare workers.

The purpose of the report is to help parties to understand the Act’s provisions and identify material that might be useful in equal remuneration proceedings. The report, which will review legislation, case law and relevant research both from Australia and around the world, will also seek to identify best practice approaches to the resolution of equal remuneration claims.

The research team comprises the Law School’s Professor Andrew Stewart, together with Dr Meg Smith from the University of Western Sydney and former Supreme Court judge Robyn Layton AO QC, now an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia.

A draft of the Equal Remuneration Research Report prepared for the Fair Work Commission by Robyn Layton, Meg Smith and Professor Andrew Stewart is now available for public comment at the Fair Work Commission website.

The final report is due on 6 December

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