Developing A More Equitable System

How do governments take action to improve the lives of women and men in Australia? At a national level, the Office For Women’s three priorities are women’s economic security and workforce participation; women in leadership positions; and preventing violence against women and children. The Office For Women also funds six women’s alliances representing almost 120 women’s organisations.

Three of these alliances are focused on economic security; equal rights; violence against women and the other three represent rural women; indigenous women and migrant and refugee women. Other Government initiatives include a women’s health strategy, a national plan to prevent violence against women, the Workplace Gender Equality Alliance and the Australian Human Rights Commission which address sex discrimination against women.

The NSW Women’s Strategy aims to improve the economic, social and physical wellbeing of women and girls by focusing the whole of government (and the whole community) on three priority areas: economic opportunity and advancement; health and wellbeing; and participation and empowerment.

The Queensland Women’s Strategy focuses on four key areas: participation and leadership; safety; economic security; and health and wellbeing. It co-ordinates work to achieve gender equality involving government, business and the community.

Women Victoria has developed a Gender Equality Strategy that drives statewide action by strategic alliances and partnership in six settings: education and training; work and economic security; leadership and participation; health, safety and wellbeing; sport and recreation; media, arts and culture.

In Western Australia, the Minister of Women’s Interests publishes The Women’s Report Card that lists key statistics in areas such as leadership, education, work, housing, family and domestic violence, safety, health and wellbeing, to inform the policies, services and programs of government and the corporate and community sectors.

South Australia’s Office for Women provides executives support to the Premier’s Council for Women and is responsible for a Women’s Policy that focuses on three pillars of action: improving women’s economic status; increasing women’s leadership and participation; and improving women’s safety and wellbeing.

Women in Tasmania supports the Tasmania Women’s Council that advises Government on women’s issues and has developed a Women’s Strategy that identifies actions in four priority areas: financial security; safety; leadership and participation and health and well-being.

In the Northern Territory, the Office of Women’s Policy has developed a Policy Framework for Northern Territory Women, which has four key focus areas: women’s safety; health and wellbeing; economic security; and leadership and participation.

The Australian Capital Territory has developed an ACT Women’s Plan identifies five priority areas for action: health and wellbeing; housing and homelessness; safety; economic security; and leadership.

In contrast, there are no Offices for Men and Boys and just three men’s health policies (Federal, NSW and WA).

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