This year the government released its Towards 2025 Government Strategy to Boost Women's Workforce Participation. It prioritises 6 groups of women who experience barriers to participating in the labour force: ATSI women, CALD women, mature age women, rural and regional women, women with disability, and young women. It focuses on 5 action areas: child care, workplace flexibility, women’s entrepreneurship, economic security, and financial incentives to work.
The report notes that the workforce participation gap increases dramatically for women when they have children, but not for men whose participation can increase with family responsibilities. Access to childcare places and financial assistance with childcare costs were 2 of the top 3 incentives for women to increase workforce participation in 2014–15.