Build back better: shaping economic opportunities for Australian women in the wake of the COVID crisis

The economic pain of the COVID recession was not shared equally. Women were more likely than men to lose their jobs, more likely to do a lot more unpaid work, and less likely to get government support. The effects of this recession will persist even as the economy recovers, and threaten to widen the existing economic gaps between men and women.

What would a broader-based recovery look like? What opportunities are there for governments to support women’s employment and reduce women’s economic disadvantage?

In this Grattan Institute Webinar, our panel of experts will reflect on lessons from this recession and discuss how Australia can ‘build back better’, including what’s needed for the short-term recovery, and how governments and businesses can shape longer-term opportunities for Australian women.

Event details
Date: Friday 12 March
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT

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Rebecca Cassells is Deputy Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and oversees the Centre’s research impact and engagement portfolio and BCEC.WGEA Gender Equity Insights series. Rebecca has been working at the intersection of academia and policy for almost 20 years and has lead major research projects for Federal and State government departments, industry bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Statistics Advisory Group, Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Education Roundtable, the ABS Time Use Survey Reference Group and was the inaugural Chair of the ACT Women in Economics Network.

Alison Kitchen is the National Chairman of KPMG Australia and a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional boards. She is responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of the firm. For more than 30 years, Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the KPMG partnership, as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of five ASX Top 50 companies with global operations. Alison has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments and provided advice on a range of topics including audit, risk, management, internal controls, business processes and regulatory change. Her experience spans across a wide range of industries. She has acted as lead audit partner on five ASX Top 50 companies with global operations, and has significant transaction experience with those clients.

Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute and head of our Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Programs. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. Danielle previously worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting and the Productivity Commission. Danielle is the National President of the Economic Society of Australia and was co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economics Network.



Daniel Ziffer has worked at the intersection of journalism and public debate for nearly two decades. He covers Melbourne-based issues for ABC News. Daniel is the long-time senior producer of Mornings with Jon Faine, ABC Radio Melbourne, and has worked on air and in production at Macquarie Radio, as a freelance foreign correspondent based in New York City, journalist at The Age and a magazine editor.