QUEENSLAND women lag behind men when it comes to earnings, safety and leadership positions but they can expect to live longer than blokes.
The Queensland Women 2015 report released on Thursday also shows the state's 2.384 million females are less likely to be employed full-time but are healthier when it comes to weight and smoking.
The report uses a wide range of data, including information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to examine how the state's women are faring across work, pay, health, education, safety and equality.
It shows 50.2% of Queenslanders are women.
Females account for 46.7% of all working Queenslanders but they are paid on average 18% less than their equally qualified male counterparts.
The pay gap has increased in the past 10 years - in 2005 the disparity was 15.7%.
Of all Queensland female employees aged over 15, 44.3% work part-time and almost one-third are casual.
Queensland females hold four in five clerical and administrative jobs and two-thirds of community and personal service jobs.
Just one in 12 Queensland women work in the mining, manufacturing, electricity and construction industries.
When it comes to education the subjects with the highest rate of female Year 12 attendance are dance, home economics and hospitality. Engineering, technology and aerospace studies have the lowest levels of girls enrolled.
Currently women hold 25 of the 89 seats in the Queensland Parliament and eight of the 14 ministers are female.
Women account for just one-third of the state's judges and magistrates.
Queensland males account for 86.3% of those who breached domestic violence protection orders in 2014.
Last financial year, 82% of victims of sexual offences were female as were 74.3% of stalking victims.
The report shows Queensland girls and women were more than four times as likely as males to be sexually assaulted by a family member and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by a stranger in 2014.
In 2013-14, 75% of Queenslanders seeking specialist homelessness services as a result of domestic and family violence were female.
Queensland women can expect to live longer than men.
The average non-indigenous female life expectancy is 84.1 years compared to men who die at an average age of 79.6.
There is a 10-year life expectancy gap between non-indigenous women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females who can expect to live until they are 74.4 years old.
Queensland women appear to make healthier choices than men with females less likely to smoke and just 44.2% of female adults being a healthy weight.
How you can help end gender inequality
REGIONAL residents can do their bit to fight gender inequality by having a say on the Queensland Government's new Strategy for Women.
The consultation process has started on what Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman hopes will provide a guide for the government on dealing with a range of issues where women are falling behind men.
The strategy is based on the Queensland Women 2015 report which shows a significant pay gap between males and females.
It also reveals women are more likely to be the victims of sexual violence and homelessness.
"These figures should be a wake up call to anyone who suggests the fight for gender equality is no longer an issue," Ms Fentiman said.
"The stark reality is that women in Queensland are getting paid less, retiring with far less super and are far more likely to experience violence, poverty or homelessness."
Ms Fentiman said the report "highlights the need for a new strategy for Queensland's women".
To have your say on the Women's Strategy complete the online survey at http://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au. You may have to click on View all consultations and then search or scroll down to find the Women's Strategy. The survey takes 15-30 minutes.
THE STATE OF WOMEN
Some key outcomes from The Queensland Women 2015 report:
Queensland's gender pay gap stands at 18% compared to 15.7% in 2005.
Young women are more likely to study dance, home economics and hospitality while young men make up most of Year 12 classes in engineering technology, technology and aerospace studies.
One in 12 Queensland women work in the mining, manufacturing, electricity and construction industries.
Women are likely than men to work casually or take career breaks and that reduces their retirement nest eggs.
Queensland females are four times as likely as males to be sexually assaulted by a family member and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by a stranger.
Queensland men account for 86.3% of those who breached domestic violence protection orders in 2014.
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