In measuring social exclusion we found that more women than men are socially excluded each year – 24% compared to 21% for men in 2015.

When it comes to deep social exclusion, more women (6%) are also more excluded than men (5%) in 2015.

Over the period 2006–15, the lowest level of social exclusion for both men and women was recorded in 2008. Since the global financial crisis, the rate of social exclusion has risen steadily for men, and has fluctuated around 23% for women.

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

Graph of ocial exclusion by gender, Australia, 2006 to 2015

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See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators.

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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 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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