Gender equality in Australia: the social, economic and health impacts

Project Details

Gender equality is a key focus for both government and industry. Currently, there is no agreement as to how gender equality should be either conceptualised or measured in the Australian context. This is a significant barrier to the development, implementation and evaluation of targeted gender equality programs and policies. By partnering with gender equality leaders in government and industry, this project will develop a baseline from which programs and policies can be measured. The project will also provide evidence about the effect of gender equality on social, economic and health outcomes of Australian children, women and men.

Progressing gender equality is recognised as an important political, social, and economic goal in Australia, however, there is currently no way to track the progress of gender equality within an Australian context. Through partnership with government and industry leaders, this project will develop the first Australian-specific multidimensional measure of gender equality. This measure will provide vital means to monitor and track the impact of gender equality campaigns and will ensure that interventions and policies are evidence-based. This project will also establish evidence about the effects of gender equality in relation to economic, social and wellbeing outcomes.


The team are based at the University of Melbourne as follows:

Dr Tania King, Disability and Health, Centre for Health Equity
Professor Anne Kavanagh, Disability and Health, Centre for Health Equity
Professor Belinda Hewitt, Institute for Social Science Research
Professor Rebecca Bentley, Gender and Women's Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity
Associate Professor Adrienne O'Neil, Deakin University
Dr Victor Sojo Monzon, Centre for Workplace Leadership
Dr Humaira Maheen, Disability and Health, Centre for Health Equity

The project was originally led by Associate Professor Allison Milner, Disability and Health (1983-2019)


Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Department of Health and Human Services
Women's Health Victoria


Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2018 (LP180100035)

Research Group

Disability and Health Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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