Women’s Report Card shows workforce participation at an all-time high

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The State Government has released its 2022 Women's Report Card, showing how Western Australian women are progressing in terms of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership.
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The Report Card, produced every three years in a partnership between the WA Department of Communities and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, highlights the progress of women in WA.

One of the highlights in the Report is the rate of in women in WA in the workforce has increased to a record high of 64.5 per cent.

More than 50 per cent of employed women work full-time in WA, in comparison to 82.6 per cent of employed men. This correlates to a 12-percentage point increase in childcare engagement.

The Women’s Report Card snapshot also shows that in 2021, the proportion of women on State Government boards and committees was 52.5 per cent, passing the target of 50 per cent set by the State Government.

While data shows WA's gender pay gap is decreasing, it continues to be the highest nationally, at 21.2 per cent across all industries, down from 28.2 per cent in 2011.

Women continue to face a significantly higher risk of sexual and family and domestic violence than men in WA.

Statistics from the 2022 WA Women's Report Card include:

  • Women's workforce participation rate is 64.5 per cent – an all-time high
  • The proportion of employed women working full-time in WA is 51.5 per cent, in comparison to 82.6 per cent of employed men
  • WA's gender pay gap is 21.2 per cent across all industries, down from 28.2 per cent in 2011, but higher than the national average
  • Women's representation in CEO positions across Australian companies and the community sector has increased
  • Almost 60 per cent of WA university graduates are female, exceeding their male counterparts consistently since 1985, particularly in the areas of law and accounting
  • Teenage women giving birth in WA fell 26.6 per cent since 2016
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death for women in WA
  • Women continue to face a significantly higher risk of sexual and family and domestic violence than men, with a 21 per cent increase in sexual assaults reported to WA police
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women account for 68 per cent of hospitalisations due to family and domestic violence in WA

 

Page reviewed 10 August 2022