Work in progress
The third issue of Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0) was released in July 2012. It presented data that showed that men continue to fare worse than women in education, health and crime. It also contained a new indicator and commentary on men and women living in low economic resource households, new data on men and women who were independent contractors or other business operators, and a new commentary on men and women who feel rushed or pressed for time.
Gender Indicators, Australia presents a national set of indicators to support analysis and monitor the outcomes of women and men in Australia. By drawing on a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other official sources, Gender Indicators, Australia explores differences between males and females, and how their economic and social conditions are changing over time. This information assists government policy and decision makers in the development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs aimed at achieving gender equality.
The indicators are organised into six domains representing major areas of social concern for gender equality - Economic security, Education, Health, Work and family balance, Safety and justice, and Democracy, governance and citizenship. The publication presents data for 50 key indicators and 45 related supporting indicators - across all the six major areas of social concern. Some indicators are also accompanied by written commentary of key points and graphical representations.
Work in progress
Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0) is updated six-monthly. Each release includes updated data and commentary for the indicators wherever available. Future releases will also include new commentary, further disaggregation of the data by populations of interest or geography and, as required, new indicators.
The next release, to be published 30 January 2013, will include updates to data and commentary for data released since July 2012. It will also include new commentary for other indicators not presented in previous issues.
Gender Statistics Advisory Group
The Gender Statistics Advisory Group (GSAG) is a group of experts in gender policy, research and analysis which was established to advise the ABS on issues relating to the Gender Indicators, Australia project, and on developments more generally in this field of statistics. The second GSAG meeting was held in May 2012, and it is expected to meet again in early 2013.
Review of the Sex Standard
As part of its regular program of standards review, the ABS is conducting a review of the Sex Standard. The review will focus on:
- distinguishing the concept of sex from the concept of gender;
- the capacity and need to collect information on gender/ sex for those that do not identify as either male or female, and;
- the practicality of what can be collected and output in different types of statistical collections.
The ABS invites interested parties to provide submissions for the review. For more information, please see Review of the Sex Standard.
Submissions are due by close of business on Thursday 28 February 2013.
Census 2016 consultation
Every five years the Census of Population and Housing measures the number and key characteristics of people in Australia on Census night. It provides timely, high quality and relevant data for small geographic areas and small population groups to complement the rich but broad level data provided by ABS surveys.
Public consultation is currently underway to review and determine content for the 2016 Census. For more information on the topics recommended for retention, review and exclusion - and potential new topics - see Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0).
Submissions are due by Friday 31 May 2013.
The ABS is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe international task force on indicators of gender equality. The main objectives of the task force are to:
- select indicators for measuring a country's progress on gender equality;
- improve the monitoring of gender equality in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region by consolidating and systematising the existing proliferation of gender-relevant statistical indicators; and
- propose ways for sustainable data collection on selected indicators.
The work of this task force is expected to be completed in early 2013.
The OECD recently launched a new Gender Equality website which presents the work carried out under the OECD Gender Initiative. The Gender Data Portal includes selected indicators which shed light on gender inequalities in education, employment and entrepreneurship. The data cover OECD member countries, as well as Russia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.