Public Economics Forum

Addressing Female Poverty: Causes and Solutions

Women, and especially older women, are overrepresented in poverty statistics. Financial vulnerability may lead to financial stress, mental distress, social isolation, ill health and housing insecurity, or even homelessness. There are multiple causes of female poverty, including women’s role as the principal carer for children leading to weaker or severed connections to the labour force which can have long-term impacts on their careers and earning capacity. Relationship breakdown is more likely to lead to poverty for women than for men for these reasons. Financial dependency on a partner may also trap women in bad relationships and make it difficult to escape domestic violence.

Join us at the Public Economics Forum co-hosted by the Melbourne Institute and the Life Course Centre to hear about the latest research and policy ideas, including:

  • The impact of separation on income and employment of women (and thus poverty)
  • The impact of domestic violence on female poverty
  • The role of policy in female poverty

and to discuss:

  • What policies have worked so far to reduce female poverty
  • What further policy solutions could work to reduce female poverty


Ms Victoria Anderson

Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Treasury


Dr Barbara Broadway

Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, University of Melbourne; and Life Course Centre

Dr Alice Campbell

Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland; and Life Course Centre

Dr Angela Jackson

Lead Economist, Impact Economics and Policy

For more information please email:

Date & Time

Mon, 30 October, 2023

11:30 am – 2:00 pm (AEDT)


National Portrait Gallery King Edward Terrace Canberra, ACT 2600


$90 – $100


Life Course Centre

Melbourne Institute

This event will include a seated two-course lunch.

Registration from 11:30am

Forum and Lunch begins at 12:00pm



$100 per person

$900 group of ten people

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Cancellations after 23 October will not be refunded but can be transferred.