Gender lens on the budget

Gender lens on the budget

WOB supports the independent review of the Federal Budget completed each year by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and its 36 subject matter experts. This non-partisan Gender Budget Review (GBR) of the Federal Budget makes recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data collection.

2022-2023 Gender Lens on the Budget Report

'Short-sighted with little life beyond the election' and a 'missed opportunity'. That is the view of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) as stated in its Gender Budget Review of the 2022 Federal Budget. 

In 2021 the Government reintroduced a Women’s Budget Statement, and this year the NFAW project took a slightly different shape with the Budget being delivered in an election environment. 

In the beginning of 2022, when the timing of the election was unclear, NFAW prepared a set of papers on selected issues that matter to women and their economic security: Employment Reform; Welfare Reform; Tax and Superannuation Reform; Integrity, Gender and the Just Use of Power; Climate Change and Housing and Homelessness. NFAW's budget analysis was then framed around these core issues.

"This year the Budget Papers are particularly opaque, with important tables missing and programs renamed – as if to deliberately avoid external scrutiny," it states.

"There is no structural reform – a missed opportunity as the economy recovers from COVID. Once again, social infrastructure that can increase women’s workforce participation and working conditions in feminised occupations has been ignored in favour of hard infrastructure that can employ tradies in favoured electorates.
Click here for the NFAW gendered budget analysis.

2021-2022 Gender Lens on the Budget Report

While persistent gender inequalities embedded in Australia’s labour market, tax system and transfer systems were never going to be resolved in a single budget, the 2021 Federal Budget failed to deliver much need structural reform to address longstanding workplace and social gender inequities claims the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).
Click here for the NFAW gendered budget analysis.

Image reproduced with permission of Cathy Wilcox

Previous Gender Lens on the Budget Reports

2020-2021

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

About the Gender Lens on the Budget

Australia was a pioneer in gendered budget analysis. From 1983 to 2013, the federal government produced a Women’s Budget Statement, while state and territory governments were also among the first in the world to scrutinise annual budgets for their impact on women and girls. This was stopped in 2014 under Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

According to the highly respected National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), the statement is critical for gender equity and for meeting our obligations to women and girls around the world. NFAW, the non-profit body from which Women on Boards grew, stepped into the breach to provide a gendered budget analysis since May 2014.