Socio-economic status of women across the life course in NSW
Jennifer Baxter, Matthew Taylor
NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services
A report commissioned by Women NSW, New South Wales Government Department of Family and Community Services.
The report examines the main measurement issues that arise when assessing the socio-economic status of women over the life course. Key socio-economic status indicators include: low educational attainment; low personal income; income support payments is main source of income; low personal wealth; low equivalised household income; low household wealth; and public or rent-assisted housing tenancy. The characteristics of lower socio-economic status women in New South Wales and the policy implications are also discussed. The report highlights that care needs to be given in choosing a measure of socio-economic status that best suits the purpose of the measurement and the life stage of women being examined.
This report was authored by AIFS staff and published by Women NSW, New South Wales Government Department of Family and Community Services.