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RDA Wheatbelt have completed a comparative analysis of female data in the Wheatbelt Region to examine the extent of the social and economic contribution females make to the region, sub regions and shires. The analysis also considered changes in contributions from females between 2011 and 2021.

The aim was also to illustrate potential needs in some locations such as childcare that may require attention to support females as they contribute to their communities, shires and the Wheatbelt as a whole.

The analysis showed that while females made up 48% of the 15-74 years population in 2021 their participation in the labour force had risen 46% and in the work force 47% up from 44% respectively and there had been a 7% increase in the number of female professionals.

Of note is that while more females entered the labour force and work force it appeared that males, despite the same increase in the 15-74 years age group were not. Additionally, females were more likely than males to volunteer and provide unpaid assistance although in both cases the levels of contribution had decreased between 2011 and 2021.

Download this report from the ‘Data & Resources’ page.