The Liberals welcome the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s publishing of the gender pay gap for employers of 100 or more employees. We wanted to see this level of scrutiny applied to these organisations which is why we supported the development of this policy, and backed and funded it when we were in government.

Today women can see clearly which businesses are walking the talk when it comes to paying women their fair share and which are not.

There are big name brands who make profits off the products they market to women while not meeting gender pay parity in their own workforces. That is unacceptable.

There are corporates who devote big money to social campaigns such as the Voice and those that put on slick firm-wide morning teas for International Women’s Day. Organisations in both categories are underperforming when it comes to supporting women in their organisations. That is unacceptable.

There are businesses that have built their success from partnering with governments that are not meeting the mark on gender pay parity. That must change.

Construction, finance and mining are overrepresented and that demands renewed action.

There are Unions that talk themselves up as champions for workers while failing to live up to their rhetoric when it comes to the Gender Pay Gap. That has to change too.

The working women of Australia are not turning up day after day so the organisations that employ them can have a free ride and fail to recognise their potential.

This new information makes clear who is getting this right and who is getting this wrong. This new level of scrutiny will force better outcomes for the working women of Australia, and it is a policy backed and funded when the Coalition was in government.

To those organisations and businesses who have failed to meet the mark, you have been put on notice. We expect to see these gaps closing and we expect to see progress.

As organisations have already conceded, the Gender Pay Gap is present because too few women are being supported to take on more highly paid roles across our workforce. Fixing this issue will require a renewed effort across the board but we must see immediate action.