The Office for Women is a small policy coordination and development unit located within the Community Services Directorate. The Office works to enhance the status of women in the ACT and in doing so, assists in the creation of a community where women are safe, healthy, equally represented, and valued for their contribution to society.
What's on for Women - includes details on courses, information sessions, support groups, training, programs, workshops and activities in the ACT and region.
The ACT Office for Women aims to support, celebrate and encourage the full participation and contribution of all women in every aspect of the community.
- Provide advice to the Minister for Women on all issues impacting on women.
- Provide strategic direction across Government to improve and enhance the status of ACT women and girls through the development of appropriate policies and programs.
- Develop and promote links between key stakeholders and the Government in working to improve the status of women.
- Provide Secretariat support to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women
- Administer Scholarships, Grants and Awards programs for women.
- Manage Women's Information.
- Promote the representation and recognition of ACT women and girls through the ACT Women's Register and events including International Women's Day.
The ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011 - 2017
ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26
The ACT Government has reaffirmed its commitment to gender equality with the release of the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26.
The plan sets out how the Government will work in partnership with non-government organisations, business and the broader community to ensure all women in the ACT are able to benefit from the opportunities available in our fantastic city.
The ACT is a highly affluent community with a high proportion of women in the public service but there are groups of women who face a range of barriers to full participation.
The ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 sets out the key directions and priorities in relation to the ACT Government’s work in the area of improving outcomes for women and girls living in the ACT. Work under the Plan will address priority areas of women’s health and wellbeing; women’s access to stable and affordable housing; women’s right to safety at home and in the community; and women’s economic security and leadership.
The Plan also sets out a course of action to introduce targeted measures to improve outcomes for women who are at heightened risk due to intersecting forms of discrimination as a result of factors such as disability, race, age and socio-economic status.
The Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, with support from the Office for Women, had a key role in consulting with the broader community and providing expert recommendations which informed the identification of key areas of focus for this Plan.
The ACT Women's Plan 2010-15 is a strategic framework to assist the ACT Government work with the community to improve the status and lives of women and girls in the ACT.
The Plan was launched by the Minister for Women on 31 March 2010.
The Plan outlines strategic outcomes, objectives and priority areas against the economic, social and environmental aspects of life. It supports the ACT Government’s commitment to introducing gender measures and triple bottom line reporting across Government agencies.
The ACT Women's Plan recognises Australia's commitment to the International Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) .
The convention is often described as an international bill of rights for women. By recognising the Convention, Australia is committed to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all its forms.
The ACT Women's Plan also recognises the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 156, concerning equal opportunities and equal treatment for men and women workers, particularly those with family responsibilities.
From July to October 2009, the Office for Women in partnership with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women undertook consultations to inform the next Women's Plan. Three reports outlining community feedback are available:
- Report on 2009 ACT Women's Summit held in July 2009 [PDF 247KB] [Word 657KB]
- Report on the findings of the online survey on what women in the ACT want [PDF 990KB]
- Report on Consultations undertaken to inform the next Women's Plan [PDF 115KB] [RTF 833KB]
Taking stock - Reporting on the ACT Women's Plan (2004-09) Indicators of Success [PDF 97KB] [RTF 3.5MB]
Looking Forward - Informing a new plan for ACT women and girls Discussion Paper [PDF 173KB] [RTF 1.4MB]
ACT Government Priorities for Women
- Responsive education, training and lifelong learning;
- Flexible workplaces;
- Economic independence and opportunities; and
- Leadership and decision making.
Social Priority areas
- Safe and respectful relationships;
- Good health and wellbeing; and
- Safe and accessible housing
Environmental Priority areas
- Safe and responsive transport and urban planning; and
- Sustainable environment.
The ACT Minister for Women is a member of the Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers' Conference on the Status of Women (MINCO), a Commonwealth/State mechanism for the coordination and development of policies which affect the status of women especially on those issues which cross Commonwealth/State, Territory and New Zealand borders.
The National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children is charged with the responsibility for providing expert advice to Government on measures to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and sexual assault on women and their children and delivering a draft National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
Ministerial Advisory Council on Women
The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women provides strategic advice to the ACT Government on issues affecting women in the ACT. It also provides a link between the Minister for Women and women in the ACT community.
The work of the Council reflects the objectives of the ACT Women's Plan. Though consultation with women, women's groups and community organisations in the ACT, the Council monitors progress of achievements towards the objectives of the Plan. Further information on the council, and it's membership is available through the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women.
ACT Office for Women
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
Level 2, North Building
180 London Circuit, Canberra
Phone: 02 6205 0515
Fax: 02 6207 0592