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.

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.

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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All children deserve to be safe, valued and to live at home with a caring family. However, sometimes, parents need help to care for their children safely at home. Family and Child Connect works with vulnerable families by connecting them to the right support services in their local community...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...
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QCOSS is pleased to release two new publications regarding the development of multicultural indicators of wellbeing for children, women and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The intent of these publications is to reinforce the need to develop program responses based on research and...
The Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group, convened by QCOSS, promotes acccess to services for persons from Non English Speaking Backgrounds and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds who require assistance through interpreters and translators. The group is seeking information...
Violence against women is widely recognised as a global issue. It is an often invisible, but common form of violence, and an insidious violation of human rights. It has serious impacts on the health and wellbeing of those affected and exacts significant economic costs on communities and nations...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new data to update its publication on Gender Indicators in Australia. You can access some of the key data in a summary , which covers employment rates, pay scales, health issues and education levels, divided by gender. You can also read some more in...
Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women, was launched by Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Western Australia’s Minister for Women's Interests earlier this year. This guide seeks to assist women to better understand board roles and responsibilities, develop leadership skills, learn how to build networks critical...

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