Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 1: Workforce engagement

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Women’s participation in the labour force is important for personal, social and economic reasons. For women and their families it is central to current and future financial security. Paid employment is particularly important for building private retirement savings and for housing security. For governments, labour market participation is inversely related to welfare dependence and is therefore a significant factor affecting government expenditure.

Indicators of labour force participation (unemployment and underemployment) are reported in this section.