Australia’s new industrial relations legislation, WorkChoices, initiated an historic change in the method of establishing minimum employment conditions in Australia, principally through the introduction of Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs). In this article we argue that Western Australia’s relatively longer period of experience with individual agreements may be instructive for assessing some of the potential effects of WorkChoices on Australia’s gender wage ratio. Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we suggest that it is possible to conclude that institutional arrangements at both the state and federal levels have affected the relative pay position of women within WA. In addition, the new regulations restrict the capacity for state governments and tribunals to respond to the gender wage gap in WA.
|Publication status||Published - 2007|