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.

As reported in last year’s Report, women’s labour force participation rates are lower than those for women in Australia generally. In 2011-12, the reporting year used in the series, the gap for women is 4 percent for women 20 to 74 years of age. The likely reason is NSW women’s higher rates of participation in full-time education.

While unemployment has fallen for NSW women, it remains slightly higher at 5.1 percent than Australian women’s unemployment rate (4.6 percent).