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The Workforce Gender Equality Agency reports a range of gender equity indicators on organisations in each industry, each year. This includes STEM-qualified industries.

Explore interactive data and insights on this page:

Gender representation by industry

Compare participation of women and men in STEM, non-STEM and health industries, including gender distribution of women and men in senior positions.


Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) 2020


Data insights

In 2020, women comprised 37% of senior managers across all industries combined, compared to 36% in 2019. In all STEM industries with available data, women made up a smaller proportion of the senior managers compared to men.

The STEM industry with the largest representation of women was ‘Scientific research services’. Women comprised 68% of its workforce and 48% of senior management. Comparatively, within the ‘Architectural, engineering and technical services’ industry, only 31% of the workforce were women and 22% were senior managers.

Gender equity policies and strategies by industry

See the proportion of organisations in STEM, non-STEM and health industries with gender equity strategies and policies.


Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) 2020


Data insights

In 2020, 99% of organisations across all industries had sex-based harassment and discrimination prevention policies or strategies in place. In STEM-qualified industries with available data, between 96% and 100% of organisations reported having these polices or strategies in place. In the ‘Automotive repair and maintenance’ industry 100% of organisations reported having these policies, an increase from 88% in 2019.

About the data

Industries within the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) are defined as STEM-qualified when the majority (more than 50%) of people in the industry reported a qualification in a STEM field of education in the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Data is from non-public sector organisations with 100 or more employees that reported to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Data for some industries are not available due to insufficient sample sizes of organisations that reported to the WGEA.

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