ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Creating Opportunity or Entrenching Disadvantage? 5 Years on: ACT Labour Market Data Update

Publication date: 
October 2019

In October 2014, ACTCOSS and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters collaborated to release a report for Anti-Poverty Week titled Creating Opportunity or Entrenching Disadvantage? which explored ACT labour market data and trends, and the female share for the largest employing industries in the ACT.

Now 5 years later, approximately 37,000 people live in low-income households in the ACT, and  women are over-represented in Canberra’s low-income households. With the cost of living in the ACT also increasing and Canberra’s overall CPI increasing above the national rate, we have revisited the latest data to determine what changes have occurred in the labour market and how women have fared though the changes compared to men.