08 March 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day

I hope you can join me in finding a moment today to celebrate International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on Australia’s achievements when it comes to supporting women’s safety and creating equal opportunities for all Australian women.

It’s a day to put a spotlight on the strong contribution that women make to their families and communities, in workplaces and to the Australian economy.

The Turnbull Government is delivering for Australian women by demanding respect, participation and representation.

Addressing domestic violence has been at the forefront of the Government’s agenda since 2013. One in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner. This is simply unacceptable.

In September 2015 the Turnbull Government launched the $100 million Women’s Safety Package. The 2016-17 Budget included further measures to combat domestic violence.

Our Government has also:

  • invested $230 million over two years to fund frontline homelessness services, with priority given to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
  • launched the $30 million “Stop it at the Start” national campaign to change young people’s attitudes to women and violence – in partnership with States and Territories.
  • invested $9.9 million to develop a comprehensive, nationwide domestic violence order information sharing system.

On Monday, Channel 9’s footy show host Rebecca Maddern was the special guest at an International Woman’s Day lunch I hosted at Clyde Park Vineyard which raised funds for Bethany and the Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault.  These organisations do such an amazing job in combatting family violence in our community.

Boosting women’s workforce participation is an economic priority for the Turnbull Government.

Women’s employment in Australia is at a record high of over 5.5 million.

We are increasing our investment in child care and early learning. This will result in families being able to access child care to enhance their employment opportunities, rather than limit their work hours to suit their child care.

The Turnbull Government is also taking action to support more women into leadership positions. We have exceeded our previous target of women holding 40 per cent of Government board positions and have set a new target of men and women each holding 50 per cent of Australian Government board positions.

The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy, which requires every agency to set targets for gender equality in leadership positions, is one way we hope this can be achieved.

The Turnbull Government has achieved much for Australian women and I am determined to ensure that we will not rest on our laurels.

For more information about International Women’s Day events in the local area please visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Events

8 March 2017

Photo: With Ch 9 Footy Show host Rebecca Maddern, Barwon CASA CEO Helen Bolton and Bethany CEO Grant Boyd