Gender and Diversity

The gender income and wealth gap remains a persistent issue of policy concern, despite long-run increases in women’s participation in tertiary education and employment, and advancements in policies promoting gender equity in Australia. Existing BCEC research highlights significant gender pay gaps in the workplace, which in turn can exacerbate other forms of gender inequity such as slowing the rate of accumulation of superannuation wealth, increased reliance on government income support over the life course, and increased exposure to poverty in old age. Research under this theme sheds light on issues that affect gender equity in WA and nationally, including gender pay and wealth gaps, women’s representation in senior leadership, occupational segregation, the effects of informal care roles on employment outcomes and gendered differences in age discrimination in labour markets.

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Family and domestic violence in Australia Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Chris Twomey This BCEC Briefing Note assesses the prevalence, impact of and responses to family and domestic violence (FDV) in Australia. FDV is pervasive; it occurs among family members, and especially in intimate partner relationships. Around 1 in 6 women (17.3%) and... Read article 8 December 2021Policy Insights  |  Health and Wellbeing  |  Social Issues  |  Briefing Notes  |  Policy Briefs Read More
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