Department of Family and Community Services

How does NSW compare?

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The ABS publishes the Gender Indicators, Australia series every six months. It sets out a range of indicators against which it is possible to examine how women in NSW are faring compared with all women in Australia. Detailed information is contained in the Appendix.

Based on indicators used in the Gender Indicators, Australia January 2013 edition, the education outcomes of NSW women are similar to those of other women in Australia. The most noticeable gaps, where women in NSW have better outcomes than other women in Australia, relate to participation in work-related learning in the past 12 months (3.1 percentage point gap). Other significant differences relate to young people’s experiences. As reported above, NSW boys’ Year 12 completion rates have improved significantly in the last year (girls’ rates, historically higher than boys’ have flat-lined). However, nationally girls’ completion rates remain higher than boys’.

Women’s educational participation and qualifications have been rising more quickly in NSW than Australia as a whole. In NSW in 2012, 59 percent of adult women had a post-school qualification at Certificate III and above, compared to 54 percent nationally.

The percentage of young women disengaged from either education or employment, was lower in NSW (12.2 percent) than nationally (14.3 percent) in 2012.

The graduate earnings gap, as last year, was higher in NSW than nationally with the median earnings of NSW women graduates $5,000 less per annum than those of equivalent men in their first full-time job. Nationally, the difference between female and male graduates was $2,000 per annum in 2011. NSW men’s higher earnings (not NSW women’s lower earnings) account for the larger gap in NSW.