About Pay Equity

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TAS has been authorised by the 20 DHBs to manage and settle pay equity claims on their behalf.  We are proud to be part of developing a new framework for pay equity across the health sector. 

A number of unions have lodged pay equity claims with DHBs, and TAS is working with DHBs and unions to progress these claims.

What is Pay Equity?

Our equal pay laws say that women and men should be paid the same for jobs of equal value, even if they are different. This is called pay equity.

A pay equity framework gives us a process for addressing systemic gender based pay discrimination in female dominated roles. Historically, women were generally paid less than men.

In certain occupations, the workforce has been dominated by women and, as a result of these historic pay imbalances, wages have been undervalued and employing people in these industries is not a fair or equal rate.

Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020

The Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 comes into force on 6 November 2020.

It incorporates the Pay Equity Principles developed by the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles and allows workers to make a pay equity claim using a process based on New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework.

Read an overview of pay equity and the framework 

Pay Equity Update April 2021 [728kb]

Last updated: 13/4/21