Gender budgets logoThis page contains selected gender and public finance publications by the research team.


Austen, Siobhan, Sharp, Rhonda and Jefferson, Theresse (2016),  Why neither party should ignore gender in this election, The Conversation, May 13, 2016.

Sharp, Rhonda (2016), ‘Following the money in the Pursuit of gender equality', Australian Outlook, Analysis, Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Costa, Monica and Sharp, Rhonda (2016), 'Gender responsive budgeting: developments in the region', Attachment A in A Gender Lens Budget 2016-17, M Coleman (ed), Canberra: National Foundation for Australian Women.

Sharp, Rhonda (2016), ‘Gender Budgeting’ in Nancy Naples, Renee C Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe and Wai Ching Angela Wong (editors), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, London: Wiley Blackwell, SBN: 978-1-4051-9694-9.


Sharp, Rhonda, Broomhill, Ray, Hordacre, Ann-Louise and Spoehr, John (2015), 'The impact of the 2014-15 Federal Budget on South Australian vulnerable households'. Report prepared for the Public Service Association of SA, Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, The University of Adelaide: Adelaide. 

Sharp, Rhonda and Costa, Monica, 'International developments and approaches in gender responsive budgeting', paper presented at the ASSA Gender Equality in Australia’s Tax and Transfer System Workshop, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Canberra, 4-5 November 2015.

Austen, Siobhan, Sharp, Rhonda and Hodgson, Helen (2015), Gender impact analysis and the taxation of retirement savings in Australia, Australian Tax Reform, 30: 763-781.


Sharp, Rhonda and Broomhill, Ray (2013) 'A case study of gender-responsive budgeting in Australia', Research Report, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

Ichii, Reina and Sharp, Rhonda (2013) ‘Government budgets and the promotion of gender equality in Japan and South Korea', Proceedings of the IAFFE sessions of the 12th Conference of the Australian Society of Heterodox Economists, University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 2-3.

Austen, Siobhan, Costa, Monica, Sharp, Rhonda and Elson, Diane (2013) ‘Expenditure incidence analysis: a gender-responsive budgeting tool for educational expenditure in Timor-Leste?’, Feminist Economics, 19(4): 1–24.


Costa, Monica, Sawer, Marian and Sharp, Rhonda (2012) 'Women acting for women', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 15(3): 333–352.

Sharp, Rhonda (2012) 'O papel dos orçamentos sensíveis a gênero na construção da igualdade e do fortalecimento das mulheres' in Márcia Larangeira Jácome and Shirley Villela (eds) Orçamentos sensíveis a gênero: conceitos, Brasília, ONU Mulheres.

Sawer, Marian, Costa, Monica and Sharp, Rhonda (2012) 'Mulheres em ação pelas mulheres: o caso das finanças públicas sensíveis a gênero de Timor-Leste' in Márcia Larangeira Jácome and Shirley Villela (eds) Orçamentos sensíveis a gênero: experiências, Brasília, ONU Mulheres.


Sharp, Rhonda (2011) 'Government budgets: integrating a gender perspective' in George Argyrous and Frank Stilwell (eds) Readings in political economy: economics as a social science, TILDE University Press, Prahran.

Costa, Monica (2011) 'Emerging opportunities for the women's movement in gender-responsive budgeting in Timor-Leste', Dialogue e-Journal, 9(1): 23–40.


Diane Elson with the Indonesian budget

Costa, Monica (2010) 'Following the money to gender equality: the role of NGOs in Timor-Leste', paper presented at 19th Annual International Association of Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Conference – Global Economic Crises and a Feminist Rethinking of the Development Discourse, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elson, Diane and Sharp, Rhonda (2010) 'Gender-responsive budgeting and women's poverty' in Sylvia Chant (ed), The International Handbook on Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research and Policy, Edward Elgar, London, pp 522–527.

Sharp, Rhonda, Austen, Siobhan, Elson, Diane and Costa, Monica (2010) 'Summary findings: gender-responsive budgeting and boys' and girls' education in Timor-Leste', Briefing paper to Ministry of Education, 29 March 2010, Timor-Leste.
English version (Word 210 kb)
Tetum version (Word 211 kb)


Austen, Siobhan, Edwards, Jan and Sharp, Rhonda (2009) 'Funding quality improvements in girls' education in Islamic schools in Indonesia' in Lynne Chester, Michel Johnson and Peter Kriesler (eds), Heterodox economics' visions. Australian Society of Heterodox Economists 8th Annual Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp 29–45. (Word 140 kb)

Costa, Monica, Sharp, Rhonda and Austen, Siobhan (2009) 'Unlocking the potential for gender-sensitive public finances in Timor-Leste' in Lynne Chester, Michel Johnson and Peter Kriesler (eds), Heterodox economics' visions. Australian Society of Heterodox Economists 8th Annual Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp 151–168. (Word 212 kb)

Sharp, Rhonda and Broomhill, Ray (2009) 'Gender policy: towards gender-responsive budgeting and policy in South Australia' in John Spoehr (ed), The state of South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide.


Costa, Monica (2008) 'Gender analysis of revenue-raising instruments in resource rich and fragile states: the case of the Petroleum Fund in Timor-Leste' in Lynne Chester, Michael Johnson and Peter Kriesler (eds), Contemporary Issues for Heterodox Economics, Proceedings: refereed papers. Seventh Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference (Sydney 8–9/12/08): 54–65. (Word 139 kb)

Sharp, Rhonda and Elson, Diane (2008) 'Improving budgets: a framework for assessing gender-responsive budget initiatives' in Sri Mastuti et al, Audit Gender Terhadap Anggaran. CiBa: Jakarta.
Available here in English (PDF 91 kb)
and Bahasa Indonesia (PDF 71 kb)


Cooper, Jennifer and Sharp, Rhonda (2007) 'Engendering accountability in government budgets in Mexico' in Marjorie Griffin-Cohen and Janine Brodie (eds) Remapping gender in the new global order, Routledge, London, pp 205–222.

Sharp, Rhonda (2007) 'The Australian experience of gender-responsive budgeting', presentation to the Canadian House of Commons, 39th Parliament, 2nd Session Standing Committee on the Status of Women (Ottawa 05/12/07).

Sharp, Rhonda (2007) 'Gender-responsive budgeting has a role to play in financing gender equality', presentation to the United Nations Expert Group on Financing Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment (Oslo 07/09/07).

Sharp, Rhonda (2007) 'The government budget', presentation at the panel Financing gender equality and women's empowerment, United Nations 51st Session on the Status of Women (New York 28/02/07).

Sharp, Rhonda and Austen, Siobhan (2007) 'The 2006 Federal Budget: a gender analysis of the superannuation taxation concessions', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 10(2).


Elson, Diane (2006) 'Women's rights' and 'Engendering development' in Edith Kuiper and Drucilla Barker (eds), Feminist perspectives on gender and the World Bank, Routledge, London, pp 243–255.

Elson, Diane (2006) 'Gender equality, public finance and globalization' in James Boyce, Stephen Cullenberg, Prasanta Pattanaik and Robert Pollin (eds), Human development in the era of globalization, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp 239–256.

Elson, Diane (2006) Budgeting for women's rights: monitoring government budgets for compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York.

Elson, Diane and Gideon, Jasmine (2006) 'Organising for women's economic and social rights: how useful is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?', Journal of International Gender Studies, 8(1 and 2): 135–152.

Sharp, Rhonda and Vas Dev, Sanjugta (2006) 'Integrating gender into public expenditure: lessons from the Republic of the Marshall Islands', Pacific Studies, 29(3/4). (PDF 163 kb)


Sharp, Rhonda (2005) 'Engendering budgets, budgetary reform and sustainable human development', presentation in Transforming the mainstream: new goals and strategies, 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women (Seoul 22/06/05).

Children on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands2004

Elson, Diane (2004) 'Engendering government budgets in the context of globalisation(s)', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 6(4): 623–642.

Elson, Diane (2004) 'Social policy and macroeconomic performance: integrating "the economic" and "the social"' in Thandika Mkandawire (ed), Social policy in a development context, Palgrave, London.

Sharp, Rhonda and Vas Dev, Sanjugta (2004) Bridging the gap between gender analysis and gender-responsive budgets: key lessons from a pilot project in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hawke Research Institute Working Paper Series No 25. University of South Australia, Adelaide. (PDF 290 kb)

Sharp, Rhonda, 'Government budgets and gender equality in the Pacific Islands', research paper prepared for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2004. Presented at the 9th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, Nadi, Fiji, 16–19 August 2004. (Word 877 kb)


Sharp, Rhonda (2003) 'Gender, policy and budgets' in George Argyrous and Frank Stillwill (eds), Economics as a social science, 2nd ed, Pluto, Sydney.


Elson, Diane (2002) 'Gender-responsive budget initiatives: key dimensions and practical examples' in UNIFEM, Gender budget initiatives, UNIFEM, New York, pp 15–29.

Elson, Diane (2002) 'Integrating gender into government budgets within a context of economic reform' in Debbie Budlender, Diane Elson, Guy Hewitt and Tanni Mukhopadhyay (eds) Gender budgets make cents, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, pp 23–47.

Norton, Andy and Elson, Diane (2002) What's behind the budget? Politics, rights and accountability in the budget process, Overseas Development Institute, London.

Sharp, Rhonda (2002) Budgeting for equity: gender budget initiatives within a framework of performance-oriented budgeting, UNIFEM, New York.

Sharp, Rhonda and Broomhill, Ray (2002) 'Budgeting for equality: the Australian experience', Feminist Economics, 8(1): 26–47.


Sharp, Rhonda (2001) 'The economics and politics of gender-sensitive budget analyses', Investigacion Economica, 61(236). (in Spanish)


Sharp, Rhonda and Broomhill, Ray (1990) 'Women and government budgets', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 25(1): 1–14.