Supporting Women’s Workforce Participation and Safety

Release Date: 
26 June 2018
Media release

The Turnbull Government is funding organisations across Australia to provide practical support programs to boost women’s workforce participation and improve safety.

The $1.2 million of grants under the Women’s Leadership and Development Program announced today builds on the more than $300 million already invested by the Turnbull Government into programmes to improve women’s safety

More than one million jobs have been created since the Government’s election in 2013, the majority of which have been taken up by women, who are now employed at record levels.

“We are committed to working with the community to advance these important priorities by harnessing the expertise of organisations across the country that are already on the ground helping women,” the Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP said.

The grants are for one-off or small-scale projects to achieve tangible outcomes for the community over the next three years. The initiatives benefit women from all walks of life: women seeking work, those trying to re-enter the workforce, and women experiencing or recovering from domestic violence.

“The Turnbull Government has committed $10 million over the next three years to fund the Women’s Leadership and Development Program, including more than $1.68 million of program funds allocated each year across the six National Women’s Alliances for activities and consultation with a diverse range of women,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“In addition the Turnbull Government is also contributing $500,000 towards the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, which I announced with the Sex Discrimination Commissioner last week. This is meaningful step forward in ensuring respect for women and addressing the personal and economic consequences of sexual harassment in our workplaces.”

“The Turnbull Government is putting in place the right settings to help women work, save and make choices about their lives, and to ensure women feel safe in their homes, in their communities and in their workplaces.”

“I look forward to building on our efforts to improve women’s economic security when I deliver the Women’s Economic Security Statement in Spring this year,” Minister O’Dwyer concluded.

Women’s Leadership and Development Program Grants

Women’s Leadership and Development Program funds from 2017-18 to 2019-20 have been provided to the following organisations:

  • Community Hubs Australia (QLD, NSW, VIC, SA) — Increasing workforce participation for migrant women
  • Dress for Success Sydney (NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, WA) — Employment Pathways Program & Career Support Program
  • Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (Nationwide) — National Education Toolkit for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Awareness
  • Women’s Legal Service Queensland (Nationwide) — Translation of Australia’s first financial literacy app (Penda App) for women experiencing domestic violence
  • Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen, SALT (NSW) — From DV to trade, a new perspective for women’s lives
  • Sexual Health Quarters (WA) — Identifying and responding to intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion
  • Women With Disabilities Australia (Nationwide) — Collaborating with the National Women’s Alliances
  • Museum of Australian Democracy—Commemorating the 75th anniversary of women in Parliament
  • National Council of Women Australia (Nationwide) — Website upgrade

More information on the successful grants will be available soon on the Australian Government Grant Connect website.