Gender Equality in Australia

Gender inequality continues to be a major barrier to the realisation of rights and access to opportunities for women in Australia .

  • The average full-time weekly wage for a woman is 18.2% lower than a man’s.
  • 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
  • Mothers spend more than twice as many hours each week looking after children compared to fathers.
  • Australian women account for 92% of primary carers of children with disabilities, 70% of primary carers for parents and 52% of primary carers for partners.
  • The average superannuation payout for women is a third of the payout for men - $37,000 compared with $110,000.

In the 21st century inequality and discrimination continue to be experienced by women and girls in every area of their lives, from school to work, home, in the community and within peer groups. It is present in women’s health and reproductive rights, access to services, financial security, housing and representation in the media.

This inequality is restricting the ability for women and girls to achieve their potential and play an equal role in Australia and globally.

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