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CEW’s 900+ members hold leading roles in Australia’s largest private and public organisations. They oversee more than 1.3 million employees and $749 billion in revenue. Member’s organisations have a combined market capitalisation greater than $1.144 trillion and contribute in excess of $249 billion to Australia’s GDP.

Since 1985 CEW has influenced and engaged all levels of Australian business and government to achieve gender balance. Through advocacy, research, targeted programs and scholarships, CEW helps to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity. CEW’s members work actively to realise our vision of a community where women and men have equal economic and social choices and responsibilities.



Female graduates outnumber men at record levels in Australia, yet start out earning 90 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. The pay gap widens over time, with an overall average pay differential of around 15.5%.

Fewer women than men participate in the paid workforce – only 67.4% for women, compared to 78.5% for men – and part-time work is dominated by women, when only around 14% of managerial roles are part-time (WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) ) 2020. 
Some women make it to positions of leadership and decision-making, but not many. Only 5% of CEOs in the ASX200* are women. For women in the Australian workforce, it’s a long way to the top.

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*2019 CEW Senior Executive Census