Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia 2013

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COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS

The COAG Reform Council has played a critical role in tracking progress, nationally and on a state-by-state basis, against the COAG reform agenda. The council has analysed and publicly reported on governments’ performance against outcomes, performance indicators and targets agreed by COAG. However, until 2013 gender analysis was not directly incorporated in the assessment of governments’ performance. The council's first report on gender, Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia, redressed this omission.

The COAG Reform Council has played a critical role in tracking progress, nationally and on a state-by-state basis, against the COAG reform agenda. The council has analysed and publicly reported on governments’ performance against outcomes, performance indicators and targets agreed by COAG. However, until 2013 gender analysis was not directly incorporated in the assessment of governments’ performance. The council's first report on gender, Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia, redressed this omission.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is working towards national equality in opportunities for economic and social participation, good health, and a safe and secure living environment. This report examines whether women and girls are benefitting from COAG's national reforms. It compares outcomes by gender, focusing on education and training outcomes and post-school study and work prospects; participation in the labour force and pay equality; health outcomes and service use; the need for and use of homelessness services; whether women with disability receive support for economic and social participation; and the contribution of women as carers, and the impacts of caring on economic participation and wellbeing. The study was unable to examine closely the impacts of domestic and sexual violence: known key factors affecting women’s health and other outcomes.

The report finds that despite girls achieving equity or even surpassing boys in school literacy, as well as Year 12 and higher qualification attainment, gaps remain in workforce participation and representation in leadership roles; with implications across women’s life spans, with lower overall pay and smaller superannuation savings for women at retirement. It also reveals that low socio-economic areas see fewer women attaining post secondary and tertiary qualifications.

Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia