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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 Queenslander's 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.  

Over one-third of adults and children seeking help from specialist homelessness services in Australia did so for domestic and family violence reasons, according to a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Domestic and family violence and...
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From Thursday 7 January 2016, Women’s Legal Service Queensland has replaced their evening drop-in advice sessions and statewide legal advice line with a new HELPLINE. The new helpline number is 1800 WLS WLS (1800 957 957) . The Helpline will run 5 days per week from 9am – 3:00pm . Specially trained...
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The Queensland Government has announced it will invest nearly $6.4 million to boost resources to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across Queensland. An immediate one-off $1.17 million will be allocated for stretched domestic violence support services, as well $5.2 million over...
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Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) is an independent, not for profit research organisaiton established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children. ANROWS' latest state of knowledge paper on Domestic and family...
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In 2016 Queensland will expand International Women’s Day celebrations into a week-long, state-wide series of events and activities called Queensland Women’s Week. The theme for the inaugural week, to be held from 7 to 13 March 2016, is: Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland...
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Ask Nola, or North Queensland Online Legal Access provides free, secure, online legal information for community workers in rural, remote or regional areas of Queensland, and who are responding to women with legal needs. Ask Nola is a project of the North Queensland Women's Legal Service (NQWLS)...
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The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) is a 12-year strategy that aims to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. Under the Second Action Plan 2013–2016: Moving Ahead (the Second Action...
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Who is Daisy? Violence against women is unacceptable. Daisy is an app that connects women around Australia to services. Daisy can link you up with a service phone number, be used to search the internet for more information and let you know what to expect when contacting a service. Family members...
Queensland parents, want help now? Free Triple P available to Queensland families.
The Queensland Government is committed to supporting Queensland families to thrive and has invested $6.6 million to provide all parents and carers of children up to 16 years with free access to the world-renowned Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. The Triple P program helps parents and carers...
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Queensland Government will implement all 140 recommendations in Dame Quentin Bryce’s landmark Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic and family violence. Key actions include increasing criminal penalties for domestic and family violence, to reflect...

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