Women and girls make up just over half (50.2 per cent) of the Australian population.
- While women comprise roughly 46 per cent of all employees in Australia, they take home on average $283.20 less than men each week (full-time adult ordinary time earnings). The national gender “pay gap” is 18.2 per cent and it has remained stuck between 15 per cent and 18 per cent for the past two decades.
- Australian women account for 92 per cent of primary carers for children with disabilities, 70 per cent of primary carers for parents and 52 per cent of primary carers for partners.
- In 2013, Australia was ranked 24th on a global index measuring gender equality, slipping from a high point of 15th in 2006.[6