NSW Gender Equality Dashboard

The dashboard provides an accessible, timely source of data showing progress on 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.


Overview of women in NSW

The Overview section of this dashboard shows some demographic information about women in NSW: how many women are there? How old are they? Where do they live? The demographics of NSW show: 

  • Over 4.1 million women live in NSW, of which over 146,000 identify as First Nations.  

  • 14.5% of women in NSW are between 30 and 39 years old, which is the largest number of women in any age bracket. 

  • Around two thirds of women in NSW live in Greater Sydney and one third in the rest of NSW. 

  • Women are on average older (40.3 years) compared to men (38.7 years).


Economic Opportunity & 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: 

  • While we are yet to see parity, more NSW women than ever are elected representatives in both NSW and federal government.

  • Women’s workforce participation has steadily increased since 2010 but remains below men’s participation in the workforce.

  • More women are working full-time compared to part-time over time. 

  • Women continue to be under-represented in industries that are traditionally male-dominated. 

  • The gender pay gap continues to decrease over the years, but there remains a notable difference between earnings for men and women. 

Electoral representation

Electoral representation

Women’s representation in NSW Government; NSW women representation in Federal Government

Workforce participation

Workforce participation

Workforce participation rate; Share of full-time and part-time work; Industry division of main jobs; Occupation segregation index

Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap; Average weekly earnings – full-time


Health & 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 experience more favourable physical health impacts, such as lower obesity, lower smoking and higher vegetable and fruit consumption than men. In contrast, women report experiencing moderate to very high level of psychological distress at greater rates 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 2011-12, there has been a significant decrease in participation for all women in 2019-2020 and 2020-21 compared to previous years.
  • Women are the victims of most reported domestic violence incidents and sexual assaults.
 

Physical and mental health

Physical and mental health

Physical activity level; Psychological health; Vegetable and fruit consumption; Smoking, Overweight and obese

Births and fertility rates

Fertility and Births

Fertility rate; Births and maternal age

Cancer and cancer screening

Cancer and cancer screening

New cancer cases; Cancer mortality; Cancer mortality by most common cancer types from 2013-2018; Breast screening, target age group 50-74 years

DFSV rates

Domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV)

Domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV)


Participation & 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:

  • Across all geographical regions and all socio-economic groups, high school completions for girls is consistently higher than high school completions for boys.
  • 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.
  • The rate of women’s completions of apprenticeships and traineeships have been decreasing since 2013.
  • Gender segregation is still strong in VET course participation, apprenticeships and training, as well as university education.
Primary and secondary education

Primary and secondary education

Primary and secondary education – NAPLAN testing, Secondary education - completions

Apprenticeship and traineeship completions

Apprenticeship and traineeship completions

Apprenticeship and traineeship completions

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completions in NSW

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completions in NSW

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completions in NSW

Higher education segregation

Higher education segregation

Higher education segregation


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