Whichever way you look at it, Australia still has a long way to go before we achieve gender equality. 

UWU women are done with asking nicely. We want action. Now.  

One in six women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15.

One in 4 women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous cohabiting partner from the age of 15.

One in 6 women has experienced economic abuse by a current or previous cohabiting partner since the age of 15.

One in five has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15

For every dollar on average a man makes, women earn just 78 cents.

Over the course of a year for people on the median wage that difference adds up to $14,872.

The 21.7 per cent gender pay gap includes base salary, overtime, bonuses and additional payments. It also includes the annualised full time equivalent salaries of casual and part time workers.

New data reveals that some of Australia’s biggest and best-known employers have gender pay gaps of 30-40% in favour of male staff.

Women do nine hours of unpaid care and household work more than men do each week.

Women who participated in unpaid work activities spent on average 4 hours 31 minutes a day, while males spent 3 hours 12 minutes.


Women parents who participated in child care, spent 3 hours 34 minutes while male parents spent 2 hours 19 minutes

One woman is murdered each week by a current or former partner.

Source: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. 2018

On average 13 women per day are hospitalised due to family and domestic violence. 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 21-22

Nine million Australians or 35 per cent of the population live in neighbourhoods classified as a childcare desert.

Source: Deserts and Oases: How Accessible is Childcare in Australia

Three out of four of early educators are planning to leave the early learning sector in the next three years, with low pay being a key reason.

Source: Big Steps Campaign – United Workers Union

Men are retiring with about 23 per cent more superannuation, leaving many women to face retirement in poverty.​

At 60 – 64 years old, the average man has approximately $181,000 in superannuation, while the average woman has $139,000


Source: Australian Tax Office, 2022 ‘Taxation statistics 2019-20: individual statistics’