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The fourth issue of Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0) was released in January 2013. A new indicator presenting data on Order of Australia awards and an accompanying commentary were added to this release. Data showed that more than twice as many men as women received nominations and awards for the Order of Australia, which was in line with the trend over the past decade. Women also continue to be under-represented in positions of leadership, although the situation is changing in the public service. Another new commentary in this issue looked at the proportion of men and women living in low income houses experiencing rental stress.

Gender Indicators, Australia presents a national set of indicators to support analysis and monitor the outcomes of women and men in Australia. By drawing on a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other official sources, Gender Indicators, Australia explores differences between males and females, and how their economic and social conditions are changing over time. This information assists government policy and decision makers in the development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs aimed at achieving gender equality.

The indicators are organised into six domains representing major areas of social concern for gender equality - Economic security, Education, Health, Work and family balance, Safety and justice, and Democracy, governance and citizenship. The publication presents data for 51 key indicators and 43 related supporting indicators - across all the six major areas of social concern. Some indicators are also accompanied by written commentary of key points and graphical representations.




Work in progress

Gender Indicators

Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0) is updated six-monthly. Each release includes updated data for the indicators wherever available. The next release, to be published 27 August 2013, will include updates to data released since January 2013.

Gender Statistics Advisory Group

The Gender Statistics Advisory Group (GSAG) is a group of experts in gender policy, research and analysis which was established to advise the ABS on issues relating to the Gender Indicators, Australia project, and on developments more generally in this field of statistics. The third GSAG meeting was held in May 2013, and it is expected to meet again in early 2014.

International developments

The ABS is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe international task force on indicators of gender equality. The main objectives of the task force are to:
  • select indicators for measuring a country's progress on gender equality;
  • improve the monitoring of gender equality in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region by consolidating and systematising the existing proliferation of gender-relevant statistical indicators; and
  • propose ways for sustainable data collection on selected indicators.

The work of this task force is expected to be completed in 2014.


The OECD recently launched a new Gender Equality website which presents the work carried out under the OECD Gender Initiative. The Gender Data Portal includes selected indicators which shed light on gender inequalities in education, employment and entrepreneurship. The data cover OECD member countries, as well as Russia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.



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