Women economic conditions
Super solution: how payday super will benefit women in retirement
Over the last 30 years, Australia has built a super system that now holds around $3.4 trillion in assets This report focuses on how fixing unpaid super will benefit women in retirement.
Beyond pink-collar jobs for women and the social economy
Building on many data sources and country examples on women’s employment in the social and solidarity economy (SSE), this report analyses women’s employment in the SSE, explores challenges to gender equality in the SSE, and provides policy recommendations to recognise women’s work and leadership in...
The times they aren’t a-changin (enough)
This report examines the barriers to closing the gender gap by reviewing Australia’s position within the industrial countries of the OECD. The report also uses data from the ABS and the ATO to highlight gender disparities across all levels of income, ranges of occupation and...
Status of women report card 2023
This report card shows the challenges women and girls in Australia face through youth and young adulthood, in careers and working life, through parenthood and families, and in later life. It looks at education, economic outcomes, health, safety and wellbeing, housing and gender norms.
Child Care Subsidy activity test: incentive or barrier to labour force participation?
The authors of this report argue that Australia continues to lag behind other developed countries, in terms of the labour force participation of women, with policy settings around paid parental leave and child care undermining progress.
Analysis of the impact increasing the rate and extending eligibility of Parenting Payment Single on financial living standards
The modelling reported in this paper considers the impact of welfare payment changes on single parent families. The paper also provides a summary of the trends in employment rates, hours of paid employment and poverty rates for single mothers, and how this compares to partnered...
Unlocking potential: addressing the economic participation of migrants and refugee women in Australia
This policy brief draws on research to develop a more robust evidence base to guide progress towards unlocking the economic potential of migrant and refugee women.
Untapped potential: trends and disparities in the economic participation of migrant and refugee women in Australia
This report brings together information from a variety of sources specifically on the economic participation of migrant and refugee women. The research includes a review of the academic literature, as well as analyses of major data sources.
Breaking the norm: unleashing Australia’s economic potential
Despite concerted advocacy and some action to tackle issues of gender equity in Australia, gender gaps persist across a variety of areas. This report examines the root cause of the gender gap, and what Australia stands to gain by tackling it.
Gender Equity Insights 2022: the state of inequality in Australia
This edition of the Gender Equity Insights series looks at Australia’s gender pay gap and finds that it could narrow by a third if a more balanced gender concentration was achieved across all industries and occupations.
Treasury Round Up: Productivity edition - October 2022
This edition of the Treasury Round Up looks at a range of issues that affect productivity in the Australian economy.
Jobs and Skills Summit: outcomes
The Jobs and Skills Summit brought Australians together to work constructively on the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A major objective emerging from the summit was the promotion of full employment and growing productivity for the benefit of all Australians.
Equal pay and equal opportunities for women
In this paper, the Business Council of Australia examines the systemic structural, cultural and economic barriers that still exist in childcare, Paid Parental Leave (PPL), superannuation and acquiring skills, that all have direct economic consequences on women’s future economic security.
2022 Women’s report card: an indicator report of Western Australian women’s progress
This publication presents fact-based information to raise awareness of the status of Western Australian women. It contributes to the evidence base which underpins actions to address the barriers to women’s progress and promote the benefits of greater gender equity.
The gender pay gap in the health and care sector: a global analysis in the time of COVID-19
COVID-19 has shone a light on the critical importance of health and care workers, who were applauded and celebrated. This report provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the gender pay gap in the health and care sector – a sector in which women predominate.
Global gender gap report 2022
The analysis presented in this report is based on a methodology integrating the latest statistics from international organisations and a survey of executives. The report also provides new data on emerging trends in the labour market and society more widely.
Women’s employment action plan 2022
This plan features actions to improve employment pathways for women who are marginalised at work, particularly Maori and Pacific women, young and older women, disabled women, women who are former refugees and recent migrants, and women in the LGBTQIA+ community.
KiwiSaver equity for women: building long-term financial wellbeing
This report coincided with the 15-year review of KiwiSaver by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (NZ). The intent of the report is to assist policy-makers by deliberately exploring and providing opportunities to get more equitable settings in place.
Addressing Australia's critical skill shortages: unlocking women's economic participation
The analysis undertaken for this report suggests that Australia can address our economy's current and future skill needs by closing the gap between the number employed and hours worked of men and women across our economy.
Eliminating the gender superannuation gap: one step to achieve lifelong economic wellbeing
This paper suggests a number of issues that must be addressed, through policy reform, to close the gap in superannuation balances between men and women
Zooming into better work-life balance? Gender and equity insights from New Zealanders’ experiences with working from home
This report assesses the potential implications of the increasing trend towards working from home on wellbeing and career progression, particularly regarding the impact on women.
Morrison missing: a record of his failure for working women
This report calls for several, long-overdue changes to make workplaces and society safer for women, close the gender pay gap and ensure all working women have a secure retirement.
The wisdom of women and workers: practice considerations for designing assertive outreach services for women experiencing homelessness
A critical assumption underpinning this project was that gender has a major influence on the experience of homelessness. Understanding women’s experiences and how they guide assertive outreach practice was therefore an important starting point in thinking about how responses can be gender defined, responsive, and...
Casualties of fashion: how garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are wearing the cost of COVID-19
The research in this report reveals that garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia – two prominent garment producing countries for the Australian market – are not earning enough to cover basic living costs for their families during COVID-19.
Debt, duress and dob-ins: Centrelink compliance processes and domestic violence
This report, looking at Centrelink debts and domestic violence, shows that survivors of domestic violence, usually women, are unfairly held solely responsible for social security debts in situations where the debt was the direct result of their partner’s or ex-partner’s threats, physical violence or coercion.