In measuring social exclusion we found that more women than men are socially excluded each year – 27% compared to 23% for men in 2018.

When it comes to deep social exclusion, the gap is narrower. Some 6.2% of women are deeply excluded, compared with 5.7% of men in 2018.

Over the period 2009–18, social exclusion has worsened for men, while remaining fairly steady (but higher) for women.

In the graph below the ‘all social exclusion’ lines show the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion.

Line graph of marginal and deep social exclusion by gender, Australia, 2009 to 2018
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Data table

Social exclusion in Australia by gender, %, 2000–18
All social exclusion
Males – all social exclusion20.821.921.321.022.522.322.922.221.923.3
Females – all social exclusion26.228.227.927.227.627.127.627.326.226.6
Deep exclusion
Males – deep exclusion4.
Females – deep exclusion6.

About the social exclusion monitor

The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 18 of the HILDA Survey in October 2020.