Gender indicators, Australia, Feb 2016

23 February 2016

A summary of gender-specific data in six areas of social concern for gender equality: Economic Security, Education, Health, Work and Family Balance,  Safety and Justice, and Democracy, Governance and Citizenship.

In this issue
Gender Indicators, Australia presents a summary of gender-specific data in six areas of social concern for gender equality: Economic Security, Education, Health, Work and Family Balance, Safety and Justice, and Democracy, Governance and Citizenship. It has been developed to provide a central access point to explore differences in these domains for women and men in Australia, and also to provide a broad basis for social analysis and research in the field of gender.

The Gender Indicators product features a total of 52 indicators, each with a Key series and many with related supporting measures.

This release includes the following data updates:

  • A total of eight tables in the Economic Security domain have been updated and revised with employment conditions data from the 2013 Forms of Employment Survey (FoES) and 2014 Characteristics of Employment Survey (CoE), and economic resources data from the 2013-14 Survey of Income and Housing.
  • Seventeen tables in the Education domain have been updated with data on various indicators relating to attainment of non-school qualifications, participation in non-school qualifications, and overall education participation rates. There is also updated data relating to the number and proportion of males and females not fully engaged in education and/or employment, and median starting salaries for graduates in 2015.
  • The Health domain has been updated with 2014 data from the ABS Causes of Death Collection, as well as from the 2014-15 ABS National Health Survey: First Results. These eleven tables include life expectancy and death rates from all causes, long-term health conditions, psychological distress, alcohol consumption, smokers, overweight/obesity rates, levels of exercise and Medicare services. Definitional changes to long term conditions "Heart, stroke and vascular disease", "Ischaemic heart disease", "Diabetes/High sugar levels" and "Diabetes mellitus" have resulted in revisions to previously published data in Table 3.
  • The Safety and Justice domain has had five tables updated with Imprisonment Rates data from the 2015 ABS Prisoners in Australia survey, and administrative data from the National Prisoner Census.
  • The Democracy, Governance and Citizenship domain has been updated with data on current leadership roles from a number of external agencies: Non-public Sector Employers data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) (Tables 1 and 2); administrative Parliamentarian data from the Parliamentary Library (Tables 3 and 4); Commonwealth Government boards and bodies' membership from the Office for Women (Table 5), and; the number and proportion of men and women in ongoing senior and middle management positions in the Australian Public Service from the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC, Table 6). As of 30 June 2015, time series data from 2001 to 2014 from the APSC was revised, and Table 6 has been amended to reflect these revisions.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics , 2016, Gender indicators, Australia, Feb 2016 , Australian Bureau of Statistics, viewed 25 September 2016, <http://apo.org.au/node/61772>.

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