ABOUT THIS RELEASE
This publication is the first of a series of reports analysing a range of topics with a particular focus on Regional Australia. In this issue data from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing has been used to present some perspectives on the characteristics of women in employment in urban, rural and regional Australia.
In recent years economic pressures from global, as well as local, influences have had a significant impact on the availability and nature of employment in many rural and regional areas. Women throughout regional Australia contribute substantially to their regional economies through their participation in the labour force, yet they face considerably different employment considerations and opportunities than do women in urban areas.
This paper provides an insight into the different employment conditions experienced by women in regional Australia by examining characteristics such as age, employment status, income, qualifications and industry of employment. The data is presented using the geographic classification "Section of State" which enables comparisons in employment patterns across major urban cities, medium townships, small townships and rural areas of Australia.