In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

2017 Annual Report Card

Message from the Minister for Women

Minister for WomenSince the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911, progress has been made towards gender equity through the dedicated and determined efforts of women, communities and governments.

However, although women have the right to vote, the right to work for equal pay, they continue to experience barriers and challenges to fully and equally participate in our community and reach their full potential.

The ACT Government is working hard to break down barriers and create pathways for women to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

The ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 outlines our plan to enable women to reach their potential, contribute to innovation and ideas, and take up leadership positions.

This report card provides a snapshot of where we are now. It also shows us where improvements can and must be made.

I encourage every individual, business, government directorate, community agency and community group in the ACT to consider how they can contribute to making our goal of gender equality a reality.
Yvette Berry MLA

2017 Annual Report Card [PDF 684KB]

Women in Leadership

30 women were assisted in their Directorship careers through the Audrey Fagan Leadership Program. 5 of 7 of the ACT Government Directors-General are women. 44.7% of Senior Executives in the ACT Public Service are women. 87% of appointees on ACT Government boards and committees identify of all jurisdictions.

Women in leadership

Women in the Workforce

Women in the workforce

Womens data - $160,000 allocated to the Return to Work grants program. 223 return to work applications received; 157 applications funded. 5.1% growth in women's employment in the ACT. 69.4% women's participation in the ACT workforce, one of the highest in the world

Women in Sport

Active Canberra is developing female friendly infrastructure guidelines to support the development of new, and modification of existing, facilities to better support the needs of female participants.

It also partnered with Her Canberra to deliver Her Canberra Active. Launched in October 2017, the portal connects Canberra women and girls with articles related to sport and physical activity, event information and a directory of activity opportunities. Link

Women's Safety

Women in the Community

The ACT Office for Women continued to offer the Women’s Information service helping women and their families to access relevant and timely information to make choices that impact on their quality of life.

The significant achievements of three Canberra women was acknowledged through the ACT Women’s Awards.

Six young women received Audrey Fagan Enrichment Grants to support them achieve their dreams.

The inaugural Gender Equity Forum, the Case for Change brought together over 70 leaders across the ACT community sector, government and business.

The ACT Government pledged matched funding up to $25,000 to Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information Incorporated (PANDSI) to support the annual PANDSI Cake-Off. The Canberra themed 2017 Cake-Off raised $56,000 in total, including the ACT Government pledge.

Progress under the ACT Women's Plan 2016-26

The Office for Women had a busy 2017 working across the ACT Government to progress the ACT Women’s Plan - First Action Plan 2017-19.

This is a significant program of work with 100 individual actions in the first two years. A number of the achievements under the first year of actions are highlighted in this report card. The full progress report will be available at

What's ahead for 2018

The Office for Women will continue to deliver the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 and a range of services, programs, events, awards and scholarships to support, celebrate and encourage the full participation and contribution of all women in every aspect of the community.

We will also be launching the ACT Diversity Register to ensure that diversity is reflected in appointments to boards and committees and in leadership roles, and that the voices of women and people with diverse experiences are heard.

ACT Office for Women
Level 4, 11 Moore Street
Canberra ACT
Call: 02 6205 0515