For the December quarter 2012, the average weekly ordinary full time earnings of females were $1,230.10 per week, or $261.70 per week less than males who earned a weekly wage of $1,491.80. This difference is reflected in the gender pay gap which is currently 17.5 per cent; the highest it has been in 18 years. Effectively, this means that for every $1 earned by a male in full time work, a female earns 83c. The gap between earnings is much higher in the private sector, where it is currently above 20 per cent, than in the public sector where it is around 13 per cent (Chart 5).
See the update from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library on current female participation in the Australian workforce for more detail.