NSW Gender Equality Dashboard

The dashboard provides an accessible, timely source of data showing progress in key indicators of NSW women’s social and economic outcomes.

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About the dashboard

The NSW Gender Equality Dashboard is an interactive tool that makes valuable data collected by Women NSW more easily accessible to researchers, policy and decision makers and the general public.

The NSW Gender Equality Dashboard supports the work of Women NSW to conduct research and collect and publish data on key indicators of women’s equality.

Using the dashboard

Use the links on this page to access the dashboard. You can find up-to-date data on women in NSW in the areas of:

Create your own custom reports by using interactive graphs and filtered data sets to explore key topics of interest or population groups.

Data sets can be shared or downloaded in a range of formats.

Economic opportunity and advancement

Work and financial security are interrelated and critical to women’s wellbeing across the course of their lives.

The indicators relevant to this priority area show:

  • Women’s workforce participation has steadily increased since 2010 but remains below men’s participation in the workforce
  • The gender pay gap continues to decrease over the years
  • More women are working full-time over time
  • Women continue to be under-represented in industries that are traditionally male-dominated
  • While we are yet to see parity, more NSW women than ever are elected representatives in both NSW and federal government.
Electoral representation
Women's representation in NSW Government; NSW women's representation in federal government
workforce participation
Workforce participation rate; share of full-time and part-time work; industry division of main jobs
Gender pay gap
Average weekly earnings - full-time; gender pay gap

Health and wellbeing

To achieve their physical, social and economic potential, women need opportunities to be healthy at every stage of their lives. Women and their children also need to feel safe in their homes and communities and be able to access support when needed.

The indicators relevant to this priority area show:

  • Women generally experience more favourable health impacts, such as lower obesity and smoking, higher vegetable and fruit consumption, and higher physical activity levels than men
  • Women are choosing to have babies later in life and there is a decrease in the number of teenagers giving birth
  • While First Nations women show improvements in breast cancer screening participation since 2010-12, there has been a significant decrease in participation for all women in 2020-21 compared to previous years
  • Women were the victims of most domestic violence incidences, however the rate dropped slightly in 2021 compared to the previous year
  • Sexual assault rates among women continue to increase and were 5.2 times the rate of men.
Healthy lifestyle
Overweight and obese; physical activity level; vegetable and fruit consumption; smoking
Maternal health
Total fertility rate; fertility rate by Aboriginality; total births
Cancer and cancer screenings
New cancer cases; cancer mortality; cancer mortality by most common cancer types; breast screening, target age group 50-74 years

Participation and empowerment

For women to enjoy the full range of life opportunities, it is critical they participate fully in education and learning and are free from discrimination as they move through their lives and careers.

The indicators relevant to this priority area show:

  • Women continue to complete Year 12 and graduate from university more often than men. However, women continue to complete degrees that are traditionally female-dominated.
  • Women’s completions of apprenticeships and traineeships have been decreasing since 2011
  • Gender segregation is still strong in VET course participation, apprenticeships and training
  • High school completions for girls is consistently high over the years across all geographical regions and in all socio-economic groups.
Primary and secondary education
NAPLAN test results; secondary school completion rates
Post school completions
Apprenticeship and trainee completions
Higher education completions
Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completions
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