The Coalition Government has announced a $109m package to support greater economic security for women based on increasing participation, earning potential and economic independence. Specific measures to increase participation include reinstating the ABS Time Use Survey, establishing a Barriers to Work Forum, extending paid parental leave entitlements and support for regional employers to develop action plans for their business to attract and retain women returning to work after a career break as part of the Career Revive initiative. The initiatives aimed at increasing women’s earning potential are entrepreneurship-focused support as well expansion of the student-based Curious Minds program. The economic independence initiatives focus on initiatives to support those leaving domestic violence situations, improving the visibility of superannuation assets in family law proceedings and providing family law property mediation.
To read the Women’s Economic Security Statement, click here.
To read the media release about financial support for women experiencing family violence, click here.
To read Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer’s National Press Club address, click here.