How to boost female workforce participation - Webinar recording - Grattan Institute


Increasing female workforce participation is one of the biggest long-term economic opportunities for governments. Australia’s female workforce participation rate is above the OECD average, but Australian women are much more likely to work part-time than their overseas counterparts. Before COVID-19, a typical Australian woman with pre-teenage children worked 2.5 days per week.

Is this what women want? Why do the work patterns of mothers look so different from those of fathers? Why is part-time work so common for Australian women compared to women in other developed countries? How has COVID-19 changed the equation? And what can governments do to reduce the barriers for women who want to do more paid work?

Our expert panel discussed these issues and more at this State Library Victoria and Grattan Institute Policy Pitch event.


  • Miranda Stewart – Professor and Director of Tax at Melbourne University Law School
  • Emma Walsh – CEO, Parents At Work
  • Danielle Wood – CEO, Grattan Institute


  • Paul Austin – Editor, Grattan Institute

Read the report