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National Gender Equality Strategy Launched by Australian Government

The Australian Government’s Working for Women: A Strategy for Gender Equality was launched by the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher on 7 March 2024.

This Strategy outlines the Australian Government’s vision for gender equality – an Australia where people are safe, treated with respect, have choices, and have access to resources and equal outcomes no matter their gender.

It sets out a path to make progress towards this vision over the next 10 years, with a focus on five priority areas:

  • gender-based violence
  • unpaid and paid care
  • economic equality and security
  • health
  • leadership, representation and decision-making.

It outlines the need for everyone to work together to shift the attitudes and stereotypes that drive gender inequality.

The Strategy is the centrepiece of the Government’s gender equality policy. It clearly sets out Government’s priorities and current actions for gender equality, and articulates future areas for effort.

The Strategy acknowledges that gender equality can’t be achieved by Government alone. Every institution, organisation, community and individual has a role to play. This Strategy is a call to action for every part of the community. It outlines practical actions everyone can take to help achieve gender equality in Australia.

The Strategy is informed by the lived experience, knowledge and expertise of thousands of individuals and groups from across Australia, including women’s advocacy groups, businesses, unions, and civil society.

Senator Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Finance, Minister for Women and Minister for the Public Service, said, “Since coming to Government, we have laid foundations that have started to address these concerns. We have already made significant investments in areas to improve the lives of women by delivering more tax relief to women and making it easier to work more, making child care cheaper, expanding the Government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme, investing in women’s safety and improving pay and conditions in the care economy.”

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