Applying intersectionality to gender impact assessments

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Applying an intersectional approach to a gender impact assessment requires thinking about the different experiences of people in the communities that your organisation serves, and considering how their experience of gender inequality may be shaped by other aspects of their identity.

You can read introductory guidance for applying intersectionality to obligations under the Gender Equality Act 2020.

Our Leading Practice Resources page contains a list of useful external resources for applying intersectionality.

Determining when a gender impact assessment is required

Organisations should apply an intersectional approach when considering what policies, programs and services require a gender impact assessment.

As described in this guidance note, this means thinking about the reach and depth of impact of your work when considering whether its impact is ‘significant’.

  • Some policies, programs or services may reach a small part of the population, but target people who may experience particular disadvantage or have particular needs – for example, services for people with disability, older people, or survivors of family violence.
  • Some policies, programs or services may have a small impact on most of the community, but impact on health, wellbeing, social, environmental, economic or cultural outcomes for a specific group or groups – for example, access to services for Muslim women or safety of LGBTIQ+ youth.

In these scenarios, a gender impact assessment is required.

Conducting an intersectional gender impact assessment

Once you have determined a gender impact assessment is required, an intersectional approach can be applied at all stages of the process. This guidance aligns with the steps in the gender impact assessment toolkit.


Colleen prompts our thinking when it comes to gender impact assessments that consider the needs of people with a disability.

Aisha talks about the complications that arise with the use of interpreters and how to go about community consultations safely and positively in the Muslim community.

Nevena shares how she notices how gender-binary public spaces can be.

Case study

A TAFE decided to perform a gender impact assessment on a scholarships policy. Read how the scholarships manager provided a case for change and how the analysis revealed a lot more than they expected regarding the needs of women with intersectional attributes.