Women make up just over half of the Queensland population at 50.2 percent, although the ratio of gender balance differs according to where people live across the state. Despite this, gender inequality persists across our communities. Women still face signficant barriers to full participation in the social, economic and cultural opportunities of Queensland society. Addressing gender inequality benefits everyone in the community. Some significant areas of inequality include:

  • The pay gap between men and women in Queensland is unacceptably high at 18 percent;
  • Women are less likely to be in positions of leadership (including boards of managment); 
  • Women are more likely to work in a narrow field of lower paid occupations;
  • Women are primarily responsible for unpaid domestic work and caring for dependants;
  • Women are the primary victims of domestic and family violence, sexual offences, and stalking.

A report undertaken by the Queensland Government Office for Women examines and highlights the key issues for women across Queensland, particularly those most vulnerable across a range of domains including: Demographics, Safety, Education and training, Employment and economic security, Leadership, Housing, Health and wellbeing. Queensland Women 2015, details the groups of women most likely to experience greater disadvantage by exploring contributing factors such as age, disability, locations of residence and cultural background. It provides a solid base of data on which to understand the equality of impact and outcomes on women.  

QCOSS has also undertaken work to understand the wellbeing of Queenslanders and highlighting the experiences of women through a range of indicators including: Safe, Healthy, Adequate standard of living, Personal Relationships, Community Connections, Achieving in life and Secure for the Future.

The Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21 provides a framework for action to achieve gender equality in Queensland with a range of priority areas, including: 

Queensland is home to the first peak body in Australia, Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ), that provides a united voice across all three areas of the women's sector: Sexual violence, Women's health and Domestic and Family Violence.

Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
The Women's Legal Service Queensland has developed the Penda app, a new free smartphone app to provide women who have experienced domestic and family violence with financial, legal and referral information. It has been tailored for intimate relationships but still may be relevant to other...
Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $3,000 to deliver events, projects or activities during Queensland Women's Week 2018 (3 to 11 March 2018). The events, projects and activities should inspire the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and...
Queensland Government media release Domestic and family violence services in Moranbah and Clermont will be boosted with an extra $1.01 million in Queensland Government funding for counselling and court support. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman visited...
Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
Applications for The Smith Family's Care2Achieve Scholarship for young women leaving care are now open. The program offers 50 young women, aged 17 to 21 years, looking to pursue education as they transition from care up to $3,500 to attain a Certificate 3 or higher at a Queensland TAFE or...
Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government today released the Women’s Budget Statement in recognition of the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman released the Women’s Budget Statement at the ANROWS National Symposium...
Queensland Government media release Sexual assault victims in Townsville will continue to have access to 24/7 support, with a funding boost for the North Queensland Combined Women’s Services, known as the Women’s Centre. The Women’s Centre will receive $340,000 per year for the next two years, so...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...


Queensland Working Women's Service: Free, confidential and supportive service assisting women with work-related matters. Brisbane: 07 3211 1440 or 1800 621 458 from anywhere in Queensland
Queensland Police Service - Domestic Violence Website: www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/adultassault Queensland Health - Sexual Assult Support Services Website: www.health.qld.gov.au/sexualassault/html/contact.asp Legal Aid Qld Website: www.legalaid.qld.gov.au Women’s Legal Service...
The Domestic & Family Violence Clearing House collates a range of current research and best practice related to domestic and family violence.
Women's Health Queensland Wide (Women's Health) is a not for profit health promotion, information and education service. FIND OUT MORE: Website: www.womhealth.org.au
Women's Infolink is the Office for Women's information and referral service, providing resources and information for women and girls. Phone: 1800 177 577 Website: www.women.qld.gov.au


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