Engagement & impact

Women in Economics National Press Club Address 2021, hosted by Laura Tingle, joined by Gabriela D’Souza and Dr Sarah Hunter

Consultancy / submissions / research reports

Submission to Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women, Victorian Government (2021)

‘Navigating a path to gender equality What does the evidence say? And how can we put the evidence into action at the Department?’ Gender Equality Staff Seminar, Department of Education and Training, Victorian Government (2021)

‘Harnessing the research evidence to develop your Gender Equality Action Plan’, Executive Staff Workshop, Department of Education and Training, Victorian Government (2021)

Gender Responsive Budgeting for Queensland: A gender impact analysis of the Queensland State Budget Report prepared for the Queensland Council of Social Service (2021)

Gender Lens on the Budget 2021-2022 National Foundation for Australian Women, Contributing author (2021)

Gender-wise investing: A springboard for Australia’s recovery Commissioned report for Australians Investing in Women, Co-authored with Angela Jackson, Equity Economics (2021)

‘What more does the Victorian Budget need for an inclusive recovery’, Commissioned report for Equal Workplaces Advisory Council, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria Government, Co-authored with Angela Jackson, Equity Economics (2021)

‘Gender equity as a driver of growth: Policies for an inclusive economic recovery for Victoria’, Commissioned report for Equal Workplaces Advisory Council, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria Government, Co-authored with Angela Jackson, Equity Economics (2020)

Gender Lens on the Budget 2020-2021 National Foundation for Australian Women, Contributing author (2020)

Submission on Gender Responsive Budgeting Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit Review of the Operations of the Parliamentary Budget Office 2019-Australian Parliamentary Budget Office, Co-authored with Angela Jackson (Equity Economics) (2020)

Proposed changes to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme: A statement from the Women in Economics Network Authored on behalf of the Women in Economics Network, Submission to the Prime Minister, Minister for Education, and Minister for Women (2020)

Submission on Gender Responsive Budgeting Inquiry on Gender Responsive Budgeting, Parliament of Victoria, Co-authored with Angela Jackson (Equity Economics) (2019)

Australian Gender Economics Workshop 2019: Event report and evaluation Authored on behalf of the AGEW Organising Committee and Women in Economics Network, for workshop sponsors (2019)

Submission to Prime Minister and Cabinet Office for Women for 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) (2019)

Time Use Survey Reference Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Government (2019–)

Australian Gender Economics Workshop 2018: Policy Brief Authored on behalf of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) for the Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Government (2018)

Behavioural Insights and Gender Equality Deliberative Forum and Leading Thinkers Taskforce, VicHealth, Victorian Government, Melbourne (2018–2020)

Expert Roundtable on Improving Outcomes for Australian Women, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government, Canberra (2018) 

Advancing Queensland Women: Women’s Economic Security. Policy consultation paper prepared for the Office for Women, Queensland Department of Communities, Queensland Government (2012)

Contributing author to government advisory reports


RECENT GUEST SPEAKER / PANELLIST

The Gender Equality Act Victoria: Breaking new ground, measuring Impact and looking ahead
Panellist, RMIT Social and Global Studies Centre (Virtual 2021)

Women’s Economic Security, Defining Equity: Gender Equity Practice and Exchange Conference, Panellist, GenVic (Virtual 2021)

Navigating a path towards gender equality as a progressive journey of bias awareness, Keynote Speaker, Equals Now Symposium, 5050 by 2030 Foundation (Canberra 2021)

Women in Economics Pre-Budget Forum: ‘A Budget For Our Times’
Speaker, National Press Club of Australia (Canberra 2021)

Navigating a path towards gender equality as a progressive journey of bias awareness
Keynote speaker, Equals Now Symposium, 5050 by 2030 Foundation (Canberra 2021)

A gender-equitable recovery for Australia’s workforce: Risks, barriers and opportunities
Guest speaker, HERoes Virtual Conference, Talent Table (Virtual 2021)

Australia’s Innovation Driven Future
Panellist, Australian Technology Network of Universities Solutions Summit (Virtual 2021)

Gender-wise investing: A springboard for Australia’s recovery
Panellist, Australians Investing In Women (Virtual 2021)

RMIT presents International Women’s Day 2021
Panellist, RMIT University (2021)

Educating the next generation of economists
Panellist, Australian Gender Economics Workshop Policy Symposium (2021)

Flame Bearers – The Women Carrying the Tokyo’s Torch
Guest interview, Story on Australian athletes Madeleine McAffe and Tanya Beths on Managing Careers, Health and Beach Handbal‪l (2021)

Pursuing gender equality in the workplace – What does the research say? And what gets in the way?
Guest speaker, People Analytics and Future of Work Conference (2021)

Women and the Budget
Panellist, Griffith University and Women in Economics Network (2020)

Breaking down barriers to women in the workforce: The evidence is on your side
Guest speaker, Women in People Analytics, Talent and HR Virtual Conference (2020)

How to teach students about the gender pay gap
Interviewed on Updated Education Podcast (2020)

Applying a gender lens to government policy
Guest speaker, Women’s Professional Development Virtual Conference, LGPro (2020)

Leadership during a crisis
Moderator, Women in Economics Network Webinar (2020)

COVID, care and wellbeing: What do we really value?
Moderator, Women in Economics Network Webinar (2020)

Teaching, engaging and inspiring students: Initiatives to encourage more women into economics
Panellist, Australasian Teaching Economics Conference, Melbourne (2019)

The economics of diversity – and how does it apply to the economics profession itself
Moderator, Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne (2019)

How can economics contribute to gender equity?
Moderator, Australian Gender Economics Workshop Policy Symposium, Melbourne (2019)

50 years on from the ‘Equal Pay Case’: How far have we come? Have far have we got to go?
Moderator, Special event jointly hosted by the Economic Society of Australia, Women in Economics Network and RMIT University, Melbourne (2019)

Engaging and educating women in economics: What’s putting female students off?
Panellist, Women in Economics Network Special Session, Australian Conference of Economists, Canberra (2018)

Comview Professional Conference, Guest speaker, Victorian Commercial Teachers’ Association (VCTA) (2017, 2018)

Professional Development Day, Guest speaker, Queensland Economics Teachers Association (QETA) (2017)

Moderating the panel discussion on “50 Years on from the Equal Pay Case” with Iola Mathews, Professor Gillian Whitehouse, Professor Roger Wilkins, Liberty Sanger and Libby Lyons

RECENT MEDIA contributions

Divided states tipped to roar back to economic life in time for Christmas
The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, Interviewed by Noel Towell, 21 September 2021

When figures don’t seem to make sense
Making Money Easy Podcast, Episode 16, Interviewed by Gillian Bowen, 16 September 2021

Want an explainer on today’s unemployment numbers?
Channel 10 News, Interviewed by Gillian Bowen, 16 September 2021

Hundreds of Toll workers strike as pandemic cost cutting starts to bite
ABC PM, Ratio National, Interviewed by David Taylor, 27 August 2021

Unpacking Australia’s gender pay gap
Power to Persuade, Author’s contribution, 26 August 2021

Top economists in no rush to offer cash incentives for vaccines
The Conversation, Contribution to National Economic Panel, Reported by Peter Martin, 23 August 2021

Rising construction salaries push gender pay gap wider
Australian Financial Review, Interviewed by Tess Bennett, 19 August 2021

Fatigue weighs heavy as Victoria snaps back into lockdown
The Age, Interviewed by Noel Towell, 17 July 2021

Why US President Joe Biden’s progressive new family plan could put America ahead of Australia
ABC News, Interviewed by Emily Olson, 17 July 2021

When work becomes a masculinity contest
Author contribution, Power to Persuade Blog, 14 July 2021

Understanding gender gaps
The Leak, Channel 31 TV, Interviewed by Marie Kelly and Lakshmi Ganapathy, 28 June 2021

COVID-19 payments – Who’s missing out? ABC PM, Interviewed by David Sparkes, 4 June 2021

Economy now bigger than it was before the pandemic hit, but economists warn the recovery’s far from secure ABC PM, Interviewed by David Taylor, 2 June 2021

Top economists think much further ahead than Morrison and Frydenberg, Sydney Morning Herald, Reported by Ross Gittins, 30 May 2021

Economic impact of lockdowns, 774 ABC News Melbourne, Interviewed by David Taylor, 27 May 2021

Almost one in four women have considered leaving the workforce during COVID, ABC PM, Interviewed by Jane Lee, 25 May 2021

Thousands of businesses face new tax to fund mental health, The Age, Reported by Annika Smethurst, 20 May 2021

Billions for infrastructure in budget, ABC AM, Reported by Melissa Clarke, 10 May 2021

A feminist budget? ABC Sunday Extra, Interviewed by Julian Morrow, 9 May 2021 

Applying a gender lens to the budget is not about pitting women against men, Author contribution to The Conversation, 7 May 2021 

Three aged care workers on what it’s really like in the industry, ABC News, Interviewed by Rhiana Whitson, 7 May 2021

Invest in growth to tame budget: economists, Australian Financial Review, Reported by Ronald Mizen, 5 May 2021

Economists issue warning about Australia’s closed border policy, The Australian, Reported by Jade Gailberger, 4 May 2021

Concerns of missed opportunities in budget, 7News / AAP Economics and Business, Reported by Colin Brinsden, 4 May 2021 

Call for gender lens on Federal budget to boost the economic lives of women, ABC PM, Reported by Emily Bourke, 4 May 2021 

What can (and can’t) the budget do to improve economic outcomes for women, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, Interviewed by Jessica Irvine, 2 May 2021

Time for the Coalition to put a gender lens back on the budget
The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, Interviewed by Jennifer Duke, 19 April 2021

Childcare overhaul and parental leave top the wish list for leading female economists
The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, Interviewed by Jennifer Duke, 17 April 2021

Wages still not budging despite record demand for workers
ABC PM, Interviewed by David Taylor, 6 April 2021

Budget ‘can’t be seen through gender lens’, says Jane Hume, The Australian, Interviewed by Patrick Commins, 31 March 2021

How the end of Jobkeeper will disproportionately affect women, Women’s Agenda, Cited by Jessie Tu, 30 March 2021

Gender inequality concerns rise as more men head back to the office
The Age, Interviewed by Chloe Booker, 29 March 2021

Protests signal a reckoning in Australia’s struggle with sexism
Bloomberg News, interviewed by Rebecca Jones, 15 March 2021

Why so many Rich Women are media-shy
Australian Financial Review, Interviewed by Michael Bailey, 11 March 2021

Corporates need to step up for women
The Australian, Interviewed by Richard Ferguson, 7 March 2021

Breaking Barriers: International Women’s Day, Southern FM Radio
Interviewed by Clinton Elliott, 6 March 2021


Women were let go in greater numbers during COVID, now they face being offered lower-paid roles to return to work
ABC News, Interviewed by David Taylor, 12 February 2021

COVID amplifying 1950s gender stereotypes and it’s hurting women’s job prospects: economists warn
ABC Radio National, Interviewed by David Taylor, 11 February 2021

‘Sexist’ or a ‘green shoot for women’?: Victoria’s pandemic-busting budget
The Age, Interviewed by Wendy Touhy, 29 November 2020

Victorian budget big spend to revive economy
ABC PM, Interviewed by Samantha Donovon, 24 November 2020

Higher confidence is not the key to women’s career advancement
Forbes Women, Interviewed by Julia Wuench, 12 November 2020

Victorian women losing badly in COVID employment crisis
The Age, Interviewed by Noel Towell, 31 October 2020

‘The place is packed’: Cautious optimism as city springs back to life
The Age, Interviewed by Noel Towell, 28 October 2020

The challenging story behind the official jobs numbers
ABC News, Interviewed by Rachel Pupazzoni, 15 October 2020

Workplaces should stop telling women to be more confident says academic
Radio Sputnik Edinburgh, Interviewed by Lynn Rusk 15 October 2020

That advice to women to ‘lean in’, be more confident… it doesn’t help, and data show it
The Conversation, Author contribution, 14 October 2020

We need to spend big. But we need to spend smart and inclusively.
RMIT Federal Budget Media Alert, 7 October 2020

The federal budget is often compared to a household budget. But it’s not that simple
ABC News, Interviewed by Emily Stewart, 3 October 2020

Keep minding the gaps. Plural.
BroadAgenda, Author contribution, 31 August 2020

Think shutdowns hurt the economy? You should see what pandemics do
The Age, Op-Ed, 8 August 2020

Economic impacts of COVID pandemic on women
ABC TV Afternoon Briefing, Interviewed by Patricia Karvelas, 4 August 2020

Uncertain times lead to uncertain futures
AAP, Interviewed by Katina Curtis, 30 July 2020

Analysing the mid-year economic outlook
ABC TV Afternoon Briefing, Interviewed by Patricia Karvelas, 23 July 2020

COVID-19: What’s the economic damage?
ABC Radio 774, Interviewed by Virginia Trioli, 23 July 2020

Gender equity and government responses to COVID-19
ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle, Interviewed by Paul Turton, 21 July 2020

An economists’ view: In a ‘she-cession’, we can’t rely on ‘he-covery’ policy fixes
Power to Persuade, Author contribution, 2 July 2020

In a ‘she-cession’, we can’t rely on ‘he-covery’ policy fixes
LinkedIn, 1 July 2020

COVID-19 impact on women
774 ABC Melbourne, Interview, 25 May 2020

Learning from Covid-19: Imagining a healthier and more just economy
Power to Persuade, Author contribution, 15 April 2020

Undervalued and unseen: Australia’s COVID-19 frontline workforce
Power to Persuade, Author contribution, 14 April 2020

Undervalued and unseen: Australia’s COVID-19 frontline workforce
LinkedIn, 6 April 2020

Australia’s latest gender pay gap
Triple R Radio Melbourne, Interview, 5 March 2020 (interview starts at 2.46.31)

How gender equality stacks up in 2020 through our experts’ eyes
RMIT News, 4 March 2020

Australia’s gender pay gap: No great progress
International Women’s Day, RMIT Expert Alert, 3 March 2020

A leap forward for gender equality?,
Broad Agenda, Author contribution, 27 February 2020

Gender Pay Gap
Economics Explained Podcast, Interviewed by Gene Tunny, 12 December 2019

Men in Australia still earning $25k a year more than women, 50 years after equal pay ruling
SBS News, Interviewed by Stephanie Corsetti, 20 November 2019

Is flexibility the answer to juggling work and family pressure?
ABC Radio National, Interviewed by Hilary Harper, 29 October 2019

What gender pay gap?
Author contribution to Broad Agenda, 28 August 2019

Myth-busting: The gender pay gap edition
Cited by Women’s Agenda, 28 August 2019

Nothing to show: How Australia’s gender pay gap is harming older women
The Guardian, Interviewed by Lisa Martin, 16 August 2019

Australia’s gender pay gap still 14%, with men earning $240 more a week than women
The Guardian, Interviewed by Lisa Martin and Andy Ball, 15 August 2019

It will take women in Australia an extra 59 days to earn as much as men did in the last year
SBS News, Interviewed by Maani Truu, 15 August 2019

Fact Check: Does Australia have one of the least generous paid parental leave schemes in the OECD? 
RMIT-ABC Fact Check, 25 July 2019

Most popular university courses for women and men in Victoria
Herald Sun, Interviewed by Elissa Doherty, 9 July 2019

Aussie company offers six months paid parental leave 
Channel Nine News, Interviewed by Stephanie Anderson, 23 May 2019

50 years after Australia’s historic ‘equal pay’ decision, the legacy of ‘women’s work’ remains
The Conversation, Author contribution, 19 June 2019

Federal Budget 2019: Women were the losers
Sydney Morning Herald, Op-Ed, 3 April 2019

Experts available for comment on Federal Budget
RMIT Media, 3 April 2019

How to increase gender equality
RMIT Media, 6 March 2019

Eight ways to boost gender equality
RMIT Media, 6 March 2019

Does confidence really advance women’s careers?
Economic Society of Australia Podcast, Interviewed by Benedict Davies and Simone Wong, February 2019

Challenges for both sides of politics
Channel Nine News, Interviewed by AAP, 29 November 2018

Women Kind
Interviewed by authors Kirstin Ferguson and Catherine Fox, Murdoch Books, 2018

Do women have to do more than men to prove themselves in the workplace
World Economic Forum, 7 December 2018

Women over-investing in skills to compete in job market
2SER Sydney, Interviewed by Julia Carr-Catze, 22 November 2018

The gender qualification gap: women ‘over-invest’ in workplace capabilities 
The Conversation, Author contribution, 20 November 2018

Women ‘over-invest’ in becoming job ready, and expect less once they’re employed
ABC News, 20 November 2018

Why women have to work harder to be promoted 
CNN, 19 November 2018

Fact check: Has the gender pay gap shrunk under the Coalition Government’s policies?
RMIT-ABC Fact Check, 1 October 2018

Morrison uses question on diversity to attack unions 
The Australian, 11 October 2018 (Parliamentary transcript)

Study of 8000 workers finds that gender differences in “achievement motivation” may explain part of the gender pay gap 
Readers Digest, British Psychology Society, 2 September 2018

Rewarding competence – not confidence – offers a step towards equality 
The Mandarin, 22 May 2018

Rewarding competence – not confidence – offers a step towards equality
Power to Persuade, The Women’s Policy Action Tank, 21 May 2018

Does confidence really advance women’s careers? New research says no 
Women’s Agenda, 15 March 2018

10 things you need to know about women in Australia right now 
Women’s Agenda, 8 March 2018

Greater confidence does not translate into career gains for women 
Human Resources Director, 7 March 2018

Confidence doesn’t help women get ahead: Survey call
The Mandarin, 6 March 2018

Confidence works for men, not women
RNZ Radio New Zealand, Interviewed by Jesse Mulligan, 6 March 2018

Leaning in doesn’t pay
Cited by Jessica Irvine, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2018