Department of Family and Community Services

Gender indicators

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There is a large suite of indicators and data sources that could be included in a report on women. A set aiming to meet Government and community needs and to align with other global and national series was chosen for the first Women in NSW Report in 2012.

Since then, continuing consultation has led to the addition of certain new indicators and modification of others. The lack of regularly collected, high quality data has meant that we could not include all topics suggested by stakeholders. But where possible, we have responded to the feedback of those using the Report in order to ensure ongoing improvement in its quality and usefulness.

To assist in reading the Report, please note:

  • The alignment between the Report’s indicators and NSW 2021, the State Plan is described at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Where data is available, NSW women’s experience is compared to the national ABS gender indicators series, Gender Indicators, Australia (in the Appendix).
  • Linkages with national and international gender scorecards are highlighted in each chapter.
  • In each topic, readers are referred to websites where additional data and information can be found.

Eight criteria1 were used to select leading indicators (see table below).

1. Worth measuring

Relevant to government policies and services

2. Gender sensitive

They identify significant gender gaps at a point in time, and over time

3. Information can galvanise action

They inform areas that are responsive to policy or program changes

4. Understandable

The data is accessible and clear to a broad audience so that the community can come to its own judgements about its meaning

5. Comparable

Comparable data is available across jurisdictions and over time

6. Can be measured for diverse populations

They facilitate comparison between different groups of women

7. Accurate

The information published is of sufficient accuracy so that the community can have confidence in it

8. Administratively simple

They are already in use within the NSW Government or are easy to produce from established data.


1 For a fuller discussion of these criteria see World Health Organisation (2003) Comparative Evaluation of Indicators for Gender Equity and Health, WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan; and Productivity Commission (2011) Report on Government Services, Chapter One.