/ 08 March 2024

No equality, no contract

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To mark today’s International Women’s Day, federal Women’s Minister Katy Gallagher has served up some new strategies designed to push the private sector towards gender equality. One biggie is that companies with 500 employees or more would be required to hit gender targets before getting any government contract – and with around $70 billion spent on such contracts, Gallagher said the new rule will help ensure “women are getting a fairer slice”. She also announced that parents will get 12% super on any publicly-funded parental leave, with the change kicking in from July next year. Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it will help women “keep more of what they earn, and retire with more as well.” Reading a bit more on this could be the special thing you do to mark IWD – the government’s entire gender equality strategy is here. Or maybe Barbie’s more your thing… 

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