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.

Note that we have used the January 2013 edition of Gender Indicators, Australia for the purposes of this NSW/national comparison. In some cases, data used the ABS January 2013 Gender Indicators, Australia dates from an earlier period than the data presented under the relevant indicator in Women in NSW 2013.

As we reported last year, there are some differences between the NSW and national experiences of safety and justice for women. Women in NSW are slightly less likely than women across Australia to have experienced violence in the last 12 months (4.5 percent in NSW, compared with 5.8 percent nationally). This includes physical and sexual violence.

In terms of victimisation rates, women in NSW in 2010-11 are less likely than women in Australia to be victims of physical assault (2.7 percent for NSW women, compared to 4.8 percent for women across Australia).

Last year’s gender indicators showed that the imprisonment rate in NSW was slightly higher than in Australia as a whole. This year, however, based on 2012 data, the reverse is the case, and the imprisonment rate for NSW women is slightly lower than for women nationally (23.3 per 100,000 in NSW compared to 24.7 per 100,000 nationally).

In comparison to the national rate, the female offender rate in NSW is lower again for 2010-11 than it was when we reported last year, based on 2009-10 data (643.1 per 100,000 in NSW, compared to 833.8 per 100,000 nationally).