Ahead of the announcement of the Queen's Birthday honours on Monday, a group dedicated to increasing the number of women recognised has released statistics showing the stark difference in the way men and women are nominated.
In partnership with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, advocacy group Honour A Woman asked the Governor-General's office how many men and women were nominated for last year's Queen's Birthday honours, and how many went on to be awarded.
It shows men were 66 per cent of the nominees and 63 per cent of the award recipients.
Chief Executive of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Libby Lyons believes the gap in nominations reflects structural issues in the way women's work is valued.
"Women are consistently undervalued, both in the workplace and undervalued in the community," she said.
"Until we recognise the value of the important work women do, until we recognise the value of the unpaid care and domestic work that women do, and until we make an effort to acknowledge women we're going to see this sadly continue I fear."
Out of the 31 categories, mining was the only one with more women than men, and the genders were equally represented in Religion and Conservation and the Environment. In every other category, men outweighed the number of women put forward.
Ms Lyons said that the male-dominated industry of mining had nominated more women than men reflected the work already done in the sector to increase female participation.
"It didn't surprise me because they've focused on it and they're aware of it and they're conscious of it, and it's translated into the nominations for the awards."
Even in the category of education, a field that employs more women than men, women made up less than half of those nominated.
Honour A Woman was formed in 2017 and since its inception the government has also run information campaigns encouraging people to nominate more women.
Last year's Queen's Birthday honours showed a 15 per cent increase on the Australia Day honours of that year.
Co-founder of the group Carol Kiernan is hopeful this year's awards will reflect a better gender-balance, partly due to the campaign and other institutions stepping up.
"I do believe it will change, we've been doing a lot of work," she said.
Ms Kiernan believes that while structural issues are at play, they can be remedied, pointing towards a Victorian government initiative, where an awards officer was appointed to increase the number of women awarded.
"For years now we've just blamed the community, we've told the community they need to nominate women. We just have to recognise to have an fair and equal and equitable representation of society we sometimes have to have process that balances it out," she said.