Message from the Minister for Women
Since 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
Women in Leadership
- 40% female representation target by 2020 set for triennially funded sporting association boards and committees
- The ACT Legislative Assembly was the first parliament to have more women than men, and continues to do so.
- The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women continued to provide strategic advice to the ACT Government on issues affecting women in the ACT.
Women in the Workforce
- The SPARK return to work program provided a series of free workshops and individual planning sessions to provide women with practical skills and techniques that will assist them in securing employment.
- In a great first step towards achieving the ACT Government’s 50:50 gender balance, 34 new firefighters have been employed since June 2016, with nearly a quarter being women.
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. www.hercanberra.com.au/active
- 15 projects funded to progress gender equality and reduce violence against women
- 2017 ACT Violence Prevention Awards acknowledged innovation in reducing violence against women and girls
- Free bus transport introduced for victims of domestic violence
- Family violence training delivered to frontline workers
- Co-design approach taken to develop a Family Safety Hub
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.
- 2,269 Women’s Information and
Return to Work enquiries
- 45 women’s outreach services provided
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 www.women.act.gov.au
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.