Govt ignores western Sydney women: survey

With just over two months until the NSW election, 70 per cent of women living in western Sydney say the coalition government hasn't listened to their concerns.

An online survey of more than 1000 women, commissioned by Western Sydney Women, found that getting paid adequately was the top concern for women in the metropolitan heartland.

One in three women indicated they would vote for a Labor government, compared to around eight per cent voting Liberal.

Almost 22 per cent remain undecided how they will vote in the March 25 poll.

Nearly half of all respondents (45 per cent) felt they weren't properly represented by their local MP.

Almost one in three said they didn't know who their state MP was and felt politically neglected and economically marginalised until election season rolled around.

More than a third (34 per cent) of all respondents said pay equity was front and centre in their political choices, with 42 per cent wanting an increase in salary.

WSW director Amanda Rose said women in western Sydney women had suffered from a lack of adequate representation.

"It's high time to change that," she said.

"Whoever gets elected must ensure that western Sydney women are given a seat at the table.

"They need to be included in all key aspects of decision-making and be given the opportunity to lead the way towards their own success."

"They expect the government to assist them in their journey towards prosperity and independence," she said.

Western Sydney, home to over half of the city's population with one in 11 Australians living there, is where state and federal elections are won with dozens of seats up for grabs.

This year's campaign has been no different with both major political parties making a concerned effort to woo women in the massive region where unemployment is higher and salaries are lower than the national average.

The women surveyed also wanted more flexible work arrangements to accommodate child-rearing responsibilities.

Nearly a quarter of all those surveyed (24 per cent) said cost-of-living pressures would factor in their vote.

Eight of ten western Sydney households (79 per cent), said they were struggling with rising food and grocery bills.

Some 77 per cent of households grappled with increased electricity and gas prices and 70 per cent said they were forking out more on fuel.