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Measuring the progress of WA women

WA State Government | December 18, 2015

The State Government has released its 2015 Women's Report Card, providing an overview of the progress of women in Western Australia.

 Women's Interests Minister Liza Harvey said the report, issued every three years, was the latest update of data relating to the status of women.

 "The Women's Report Card shows how far women have progressed in terms of leadership, economic independence, safety and justice, and health and wellbeing," Mrs Harvey said.

 "Women's progress is slow in certain areas; females continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles and are more likely than men to have no savings at retirement.

 "But other areas have shown improvement including women in senior executive roles in the public sector had increased from about 20 per cent to 30 per cent and there was a steady increase of women in the workforce.

 "The report provides an excellent evidence base for the policies and programs of government, corporate and community organisations.  By making use of the data, we will continue to concentrate our efforts where they are most needed."

 Statistics from the 2015 Women's Report Card include:

  • in 2013-14, women's average superannuation balances were 38 per cent less than men's, $83,110 compared with $134,800
  • in 2014, the gender pay gap for full time employees in WA was 25.4 per cent compared with 18.5 per cent nationally
  • the proportion of female members on all WA Government boards and committees was 43.6 per cent in 2015
  • women's labour force participation rate increased from 43 per cent in 1978 to 61 per cent in 2014. 

The State Government works with partners from across government, the private and community sectors, and academia to deliver programs and activities promoting the economic independence and leadership of women.

 The Minister encouraged women to access the recently launched guides, giving four easy steps to get more out of their superannuation.

 "The Government also offers a number of scholarships for women on entrepreneurship and mentoring programs run by Curtin University, Women in Global Business and Women in Mining WA," Mrs Harvey said.

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