The union representing Australian public sector, Northern Territory Public Service and Australian Capital Territory Public Service workers this week launched its 11th What Women Want Survey.

This national survey asks Australian women about the key issues in their working lives.

What Women Want started in 2006 and provides key insights into longitudinal trends across the nation and our public services. The report details women’s journey to equity across the public and private sector.

This is the largest survey of working women in the country and the first edition of the survey since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes this edition unique.

The CPSU will ask women across its public and private sector areas of coverage:

  • Do you do interesting and rewarding work?
  • Do you feel supported in your career?
  • Have you missed out on career opportunities because of caring responsibilities?
  • Do you worry about job security?
  • Do you feel financially secure for your retirement?
  • Has your access to working from home arrangements changed during the pandemic?

CPSU National Secretary, Melissa Donnelly said that: “The 11th What Women Want Survey is the largest survey of working women in Australia, and this edition is the first since the beginning of the pandemic. Importantly it will measure the effects of COVID-19 on working women.”

“Insecure work has been an increasing issue for all women across the Australian workforce, and public services are no exception. Since the election of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government in 2013, concerns about insecure work have almost doubled in the Commonwealth public service.

“Access to working from home arrangements has been critically important for women during the pandemic. This edition will measure women’s experience of insecure work and their capacity to work from home during the pandemic.”

The survey available here, opened this week and will close on 13 November 2021.