Hon Michael Woodhouse
Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
20 April 2017
Pay Equity Bill released for consultation
Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today released an exposure draft of the Pay Equity Bill for
“The Government is committed to achieving pay equity in New Zealand and providing a practical and fair process for
employees to follow if they feel they are not being paid what their job is worth due to gender discrimination,” Mr
“The release of the draft Pay Equity Bill for consultation is an important step towards achieving that and is vital to
closing the gender pay gap and ensuring female dominated industries are paid fairly.”
This week, the Government announced a $2 billion pay equity settlement for some of the health sector’s lowest paid
workers following the TerraNova pay equity claim.
“The settlement recognises the important work carried out by our aged and disability residential care services and
complements the work being done by the Government to implement the Joint Working Group’s recommendations on Pay Equity,”
Mr Woodhouse says.
“Today’s release of the draft Pay Equity Bill for public consultation is a key step towards implementing those
recommendations and aims to ensure that the wording in the legislation is clear and workable for employers and
“Currently, the Equal Pay Act is not equipped to provide guidance on pay equity claims and needs to be updated to
provide for a practical and fair process for employees to follow if they feel they are not being paid what their job is
worth due to gender discrimination.
“The draft Bill also provides principles for, and gives guidance on, how to choose comparable jobs and roles to judge
Pay Equity claims.
“I want to thank the Council of Trade Unions and Business NZ for providing early feedback on the draft Bill. I look
forward to their continued contributions during the exposure draft process to ensure key clauses reflect our goal to
“I encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation process and make sure they have their say on this very
important piece of legislation.”
Consultation closes on Thursday 11 May and legislation is planned to be introduced soon after.