International Women’s Day 2018 is an important opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions, as well as being a focal point for action.

The 2018 theme for International Women's Day is Leave no woman behind, which calls on all of us to help forge a better working world and a more gender inclusive world. 

We care deeply about the financial health of all our members, especially women, who earn less and have lower super balances on average.

While the 15.3 per cent pay gap between men and women is often talked about, the super pay gap is less well-known but even bigger: 42.0 per cent at retirement.

In dollar terms, a woman who’s at retirement age now has on average $157,050, compared to a man, with $270,710. 

We see International Women's Day 2018 as an ideal opportunity to talk about these issues and to help tackle the challenges facing women at all stages of their financial life.

The good news is a few small steps now can make a big difference down the track. That’s why we’re providing tools, information and encouragement to women who are keen to make changes that will improve their financial situation. 

We want to build a better future for all Australians, and are committed to helping women achieve their financial goals today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

Supporting gender equality and celebrating women

Two-thirds of First State Super’s members are women and most of them work service-based vocations, including health, education, public service and other organisations that care for the community. We’re proud to have a range of policies and initiatives that support women and their families. 

  • We're committed to helping women achieve their financial goals. We do this by providing support, information and financial advice for our female members at all stages of life. 
  • As an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, we offer flexible work arrangements and maternity leave provisions for staff.
  • We are the major sponsor of the NSW Women of the Year Awards, recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in NSW.

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About NSW Women of the Year Awards

As part of First State Super’s commitment to women, we are pleased to be a major sponsor of the NSW Women of the Year Awards. This initiative recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, community and society.

The awards reflect the many ways women make a positive difference, and the entries are truly inspiring. From a young woman who spent 18 years in refugee camps in Nepal only to become the first woman and youngest President in Bhutanese communities in Australia, to a public health physician who has helped to significantly reduce on-farm death and injuries through the initiative Farmsafe Australia. These women are changing lives and making a difference.

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