Women's Budget Statement 2019-20


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Minister’s message

Yvette BerryWelcome to the 2019-20 ACT Women’s Budget Statement – the first that we have produced for a number of years. This year’s Budget continues the ACT Government’s support for the full participation of women and girls in all aspects of society.

It demonstrates our firm commitment to ensuring the health system can respond to women’s unique health needs, including contraceptive and reproductive health and the impact of past or current trauma and violence.

This Budget also supports a range of initiatives to improve the safety and support available, so that all women have access to justice, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, people from the LGBTIQ+ community, and women with children. Additionally, the Safer Families package funded by the household levy begins its next phase to ensure it is providing the right focus as new evidence and issues emerge.

I look forward to working together with the community to create more opportunities for women and girls in the ACT. Together we can make gender equality a reality.

Yvette Berry MLA
ACT Minister for Women

Introduction

The ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 sets out the ACT Government’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with non-government organisations, business and the broader community towards gender equality in the ACT.

The 2019-20 ACT Budget invests in policies, programs and services that will both directly and indirectly impact upon the lives of women and girls in the ACT. As part of our efforts to lead by example, we are also investing in measures that will specifically progress gender equality.

Developing this year’s ACT Women’s Budget Statement delivers an important action as part of the First Action Plan 2016-19, under the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26.

Last year’s Budget provided funding for the Office for Women to undertake close engagement with the ACT community to inform the Second Action Plan 2020-22, and this work will continue through the next year. Consultation will proceed with the assistance of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Women, and community organisations to keep building on the themes identified so far to ensure that the Second Action Plan delivers the outcomes that the community needs.

We welcome your feedback

This is the first ACT Women’s Budget Statement for some years and we are keen to produce an even better statement next year. Please provide your feedback on ideas to strengthen the information presented by emailing women@act.gov.au or speaking to the Office for Women on 6205 0515.

Health and wellbeing

Some health issues are particularly important for women’s wellbeing.  The ACT Government is committed to establishing facilities and processes to meet the health needs of women and girls in the ACT. Through this year’s Budget we are investing:

Gender equityWoman on tractor

Strengthening the representation of women in male dominated workplaces and arenas provides access to opportunities that women have traditionally been denied. The ACT Government actively supports women in traditionally male-dominated roles and sectors to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to participate.

This year’s Budget provides $678,000 to ensure that the ACT Fire and Rescue Service can meet its current and future staffing levels. The proposed recruit colleges will aim for 50 per cent female recruits with spaces specifically reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

This year’s Budget also provides funding of $1.8 million to see the ACT host five Women’s T20 World Cup matches in Canberra in February 2020. This will ensure that women and girls can see and support elite female cricketers playing in this prestigious cricket tournament.

Safe and supported

Women and girls have a fundamental right to feel safe in their homes and communities. Preventing domestic and family violence and improving the safety of women in public spaces are critical to women’s equal and full participation. Reflecting community feedback, the ACT Government is committed to putting in place measures to reduce the incidence of violence against women and girls.

Over the next four years, this year’s Budget provides $24 million in Safer Families Initiatives.

Access to justice is an ACT Government priority and ensuring that women have access to relevant legal assistance is an opportunity for achieving substantive equality. Over the next four years, this year’s Budget provides:

Woman with babySupporting all women and their children

While issues resulting from gender inequality impact all women in some way, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, or may be subject to multiple layers of discrimination.

To ensure diversity and difference are celebrated and supported instead of being obstacles to full participation in our community, this year’s Budget also invests:

The ACT Government is also committed to ensuring that women who interact with our justice system are supported to improve their lives. That’s why we are investing:

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