by Alan Thornhill
Australian women are outperforming men on several fronts.
These include education, health and crime.
This picture is revealed in new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Its publication, called Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0), shows, for example that 84 per cent of Australian girls who entered high school last year are likely to study right through to Year 12.
That compares with just 74 per cent of boys.
The report also showed that this gap continues into adult life with only 30 per cent of men aged 25-29 years having completed a bachelor degree or higher compared to 41 per cent of women of the same age.
On the health front, males were more than three times as likely as females to die from suicide, nearly three times more likely to die in a car accident, and one and a half times more likely to die from cancer.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for males and females – however the rate is higher for males and the gap between males and females has increased since 2001.
The suicide rate for males was highest in the age group 35-44 years and in 2010 males made up over three-quarters (77 per cent) of all suicides.
The Bureau also said that while fatal car accidents have dropped for both males and females over the last ten years, the death rate is nearly three times as high for males.
Between 2001 and 2010 the rate for males fell from 15 deaths per 100,000 persons to 9.4 for males compared to a drop from 5.0 to 3.3 for females.
Crime is another area of inequality.
The Bureau said men were nearly four times more likely to commit offences intended to cause injury, more than six times more likely to commit robbery and more than 28 times more likely to commit sexual assault, than women.
However, the male victimisation rate for sexual assault was about one-sixth that of females in 2011.
Alan Thornhill is a parliamentary press gallery journalist.
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