What the first Status of Women Report Card reveals

The first annual Status of Women Report Card was released by the federal government on Wednesday to help track the progress of gender equality in Australia.

Data was gathered from a range of sources with the aim of providing a picture of life for women in Australia in 2023:


The full-time gender pay gap is a record low, but women still earn less on average.

* Hourly earnings pay gap: 11.6 per cent.

* Full-time weekly pay gap: 13.3 per cent.

* Total annual taxable income gap: 29.2 per cent.

* Women make up 96.6 per cent of hours worked by childcarers, 86.9 per cent by registered nurses and 79.9 per cent by primary school teachers.

* Women aged 15-64 years on average do 55.4 hours of work a week, 34.7 hours of which are unpaid.


* 28.3 per cent of women in Australia were born overseas, 48.5 per cent have a parent born overseas.

* 3.9 per cent are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

* 4.6 per cent identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

* 29.4 per cent are under the age of 25, 18 per cent are 65 and over.


* 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime.

* 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

* 79.1 per cent of heterosexual women and 86.6 per cent of LGBTQI women have experienced online sexual violence via dating apps.

* 25 per cent of women who want to leave a violent partner are unable to due to lack of financial support.


* In the last 10 years, there has been a three-fold increase in intentional self-harm hospitalisations for young girls.

* Women are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.

* Approximately 1 in 9 women suffer from endometriosis.


* 28.4 per cent of women live in regional or remote Australia.

* Women take on the mental load of planning and coordinating activities for children in 78 per cent of families, despite only being the primary carer in 52 per cent of families.


* 22 per cent of young men believe that men should take control in relationships.

* 36 per cent of young men believe that women prefer the man to take control.

* 28 per cent of men believe that women often make up or exaggerate claims of abuse or rape.


Duncan Murray
(Australian Associated Press)


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