International Women's Day

DATE: 13 March 2015



This week we are celebrating International Women’s Day.

To provide some extra context for thinking about gender, this infographic gives some interesting gender breakdowns about Yooralla and the sector.

Key facts

  • Yooralla has fewer female than male customers; this is mostly because certain types of disability are more common in men and boys.
  • Women represent the majority of Yooralla employees, as is typical in the health care and social assistance industry more generally. This trend is typically explained in terms of interactions between economic phenomena including child care costs, workplace flexibility and casualisation, social gender roles, wage disparities, and recruitment and promotion biases.
  • Female recipients of formal and informal support are only in the slight majority.
  • Women also represent a majority of unpaid carers (but an even larger majority of primary unpaid carers).

Technical notes

'Disability' is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability, and includes persons over 65. See the ABS website for further details.

The Health Care and Social Assistance Industry is a category of of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). Definitions and subcategories can be found on the ABS website. Industry employment data is from the 2011 Census.

Australian statistics on women with disability were sourced from An Overview of the Status of Women with Disabilities in Australia, which can be found on the Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) website.


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