Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill

The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill has been introduced to Parliament and aims to ensure female dominated jobs are remunerated correctly to address the pay imbalance created by systemic and historic sex-based undervaluation.


If passed, the Bill will update the Equal Pay Act 1972 and amend the Employment Relations Act 2000 to provide a process and principles to guide employers and employees in making, assessing and resolving pay equity claims in bargaining.

The changes are proposed in response to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles.

In April 2017 MBIE sought written submissions on the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill.


Submissions closed on 11 May 2017. The submissions received represent views from individuals, union members, unions or worker associations, advocacy groups, employers, and law firms.