CEW Workforce participation

Workforce participation

For Australia to prosper we must both create jobs and do better to make the benefit of working as attractive to women as it is for men.
Workforce participation in Australia is less than 60% for women, compared to more than 70% for men, despite the fact that women graduate and progress into tertiary education in larger numbers.

If Australia’s female workforce participation rate increased by 6%, our GDP would be $25 billion higher, according to analysis by the Grattan Institute .

An opportunity of this scale needs to be treated just like any other national priority, such as innovation, balancing the budget or tax reform. CEW advocates for equal pay; affordable, accessible and flexible childcare and treating childcare costs like any other work related expense.

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