Gender pay gap action plan

This action plan forms part of our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone has equitable opportunities to reach their potential.

As an organisation we have a lot to be proud of. Women now make up almost half of our workforce, and our median gender pay gap is 0%. Our average gender pay gap is down to 0.8% (June 2020) and compares favourably to the public service average of 10.5% (July 2019).

While we have much to celebrate, we remain focused on understanding, addressing and eliminating our agency’s gender pay gap. Our challenge now is to build on what we’ve achieved and continue our efforts to ensure that we have a fair, diverse and inclusive workplace.  This aligns strongly with our values and our purpose as an organisation: Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi - There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people.

Everyone at Ara Poutama Aotearoa has an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive in their work. This action plan has four focus areas and actions that are planned for the next twelve months to help us progress towards that objective;

  1. Equal pay
  2. Flexible working by default
  3. Reducing bias
  4. Leadership diversity.

Read our Gender Pay Gap Action Pan 2020- 2021 PDF, 172.5 KB

Gender Pay Gap and Pay Equity in the public service

Ensuring women's pay reflects their skills, efforts and responsibilities, and is not negatively affected by their gender, is about fundamental human rights. Read more on the State Services Commission's website.

The Gender Pay Gap and Pay Equity Taskforce l Te Rōpū Mahi Rerekētanga Utu Ira Tangata me te Whakaōrite Utu, is a partnership between the Ministry for Women and the State Services Commission (SSC). Based at SSC, the Taskforce’s goal is to realise the Government’s aims on the gender pay gap and pay equity.

Our workforce ethnicity closely reflects New Zealand's general population and that of the Public Service population (as at June 2019).

Our gender balance in the organisation, as at June 2020, is 49% women/51% men. This compares to 61% women/39% men in the Public Service at June 2019.


2020 Diversity Awards

Watch a short video interview with Deputy Chief Executive Richard Waggott who shares the progress Corrections has made to achieve our goals to reduce the gender pay gap in our workplace. The video was included in the Gender Pay Taskforce's (made up of SSC and Ministry for Women), submission to the 2020 Diversity Awards, in which they are finalists (winners announced in September).