Study highlights barriers for women in the aviation industry

A study funded by the Australian Government’s Aviation Women’s Initiative (AGWAI) has released its findings on what motivates and discourages women to enter the aviation industry.

Led by Aviation/Aerospace Australia in partnership with Monash University, RMIT University and the University of New South Wales, the Obstacles to the pipeline research project surveyed 180 people from all industry sectors, 86% of whom were women.

Research has shown that while progress has been made regarding the experience of women in the aerospace sector, 80% of respondents believe the biggest obstacle in the industry is male dominance.

90% of participants also agreed that the main factor in recruiting women was a passion for aviation.

Federal Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said the study’s findings have helped the government identify key barriers and can now act to overcome them.

“This research helps us identify barriers that exist, as well as new and effective mechanisms that could be put in place to overcome barriers and empower the next generation of women to join the aviation industry,” said said Ms. King.

“It will also help the aviation industry improve working practices and develop strategies to attract and retain talent, supporting a stronger aviation workforce in the future.”

Having already run for four years, the Women in the Aviation Industry initiative will continue to support activities aimed at increasing the participation of women in the aviation industry until 2026, after additional funding of $4 million from the Australian Government.

“With 80% agreeing that male dominance in the industry is the biggest obstacle, it is clear that the Women in the Aviation Industry initiative continues to play a role, not only in improving representation and diversity, but also in contributing to broader action to see more inclusive and equitable work environments,” said Ms King.

“I am determined to see greater participation of women not only in aviation, but throughout the transportation sector.”