Notes on the data: Aboriginal labour force

Aboriginal female labour force participation, 2016


Policy context:  The marked increase in female participation in paid work, especially in part-time work (at a time of decline in male participation), has been one of the most significant trends in Australian society over the last three decades. Women are both remaining in the work force longer (partly by delaying childbirth), and re-entering the workforce after childbirth, because of changes in social perceptions of the role of women and increased economic pressures on families. Labour force participation by women with infants and young children is also dependent upon them being able to access appropriate, affordable child care arrangements [1].


  1. Department of Treasury and Finance, Victorian Government (DTF). Addressing impacts of population ageing on labour force participation. (Strategic Policy Group preliminary report). Melbourne: DTF; 2005.

Geography: Data available by Indigenous Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic outcomes (based on IRSEO) and Remoteness Area


Numerator:  Aborginal females aged 15 years and over in the labour force


Denominator:  All Aboriginal females aged 15 years and over


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2016 data.


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