Abbott budget hits women harder than men

WOMEN will be affected more than men under several planned changes to the Abbott government's budget, a new report claims.

The Australia Institute report showed while women made up 46% of the nation's workforce, they benefited from only 32% of income tax cuts since 2006.

The research found that of about $169 billion in tax cuts since 2005, only $54 billion went to women while $115 billion went to men, which was consistent with the disparity of incomes between genders.

It follows a recent government report that revealed the pay gap was growing between men and women, up to 24% last year, compared with 19% the previous year. However, institute author Matt Grudnoff said hits from cuts to social welfare would also affect women more than men, due to the higher number of women on single parent and other pensions.