Government Service Equal Pay Act 1960

Reprint
as at 19 October 1965

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Government Service Equal Pay Act 1960

Public Act1960 No 117
Date of assent27 October 1960
Commencementsee section 1(2)

Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the State Services Commission.


An Act to make provision for the application to the Government service of the principle that women should receive the same pay as men where they do equal work under equal conditions

1 Short Title and commencement
  • (1) This Act may be cited as the Government Service Equal Pay Act 1960.

    (2) This Act shall come into force on 1 April 1961.

2 Interpretation
  • (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    conditions includes privileges and terms of employment

    Government employees means all employees of Her Majesty in respect of the Government of New Zealand; and includes all other employees whose salaries or wages are met wholly from money appropriated by Parliament

    wage-fixing authority means—

    • (a) the Government Service Tribunal:

    • (b) the Government Railways Industrial Tribunal:

    • (bb) the Police Staff Tribunal:

    • (c) the State Services Commission:

    • (d) every person or authority responsible for fixing the salaries or wages of Government employees.

    (2) References in this Act to men and women shall include persons under the age of 21 years as well as persons of or over that age.

    Section 2(1) wage-fixing authority paragraph (bb): inserted, on 19 October 1965, by section 6 of the Police Amendment Act 1965 (1965 No 57).

    Section 2(1) wage-fixing authority paragraph (c): amended, on 1 January 1963, pursuant to section 3(10) of the State Services Act 1962 (1962 No 132).

3 Equal pay for women
  • (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other Act, every wage-fixing authority, when fixing the salaries or wages of Government employees shall, subject to the provisions of this section, have regard and give effect to the following principles:

    • (a) that differentiations based on sex in scales of salary or wages of Government employees shall be eliminated, to the end that women shall be paid the same salaries or wages as men where as Government employees they do equal work under equal conditions:

    • (b) that in cases where women as Government employees perform work of a kind which is exclusively or principally performed by women and there are no corresponding scales of pay for men to which they can fairly be related, regard shall be had to scales of pay for women in other sections of employment where the principal stated in paragraph (a) has been or is being implemented.

    (2) The elimination as aforesaid of the said differentiations based on sex shall be effected as nearly as practicable in 3 equal stages, so that one-third of the said differentiations shall disappear as soon as practicable after the commencement of this Act, a further one-third of the said differentiations shall disappear as soon as practicable after 1 April 1962, and the remaining one-third of the said differentiations shall disappear as soon as practicable after 1 April 1963:

    provided that, in any case or class or classes of cases where the Minister of Finance so directs, the elimination of the said differentiations may be effected in such other stage or stages as that Minister may specify but so that all such differentiations shall disappear as soon as practicable after 1 April 1963.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Government Service Equal Pay Act 1960. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the Act as at 19 October 1965, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)
  • Police Amendment Act 1965 (1965 No 57): section 6

    State Services Act 1962 (1962 No 132): section 3(10)