WOMEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY

More than 1.5 million new jobs have been created in Australia since the Liberal Nationals Government was elected in September 2013.

Nearly 60% of these new jobs have been taken up by women.

There are now over 6.1 million women in employment – with the female participation rate at record highs.

The gender pay gap is also moving in the right direction, down to a record low of 14%.

And our changes to superannuation rules, including concessional catch-up contributions, boost superannuation for women who take time away from the workforce for family responsibilities.

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE

The Government’s new Child Care Subsidy is making child care more accessible and affordable for around 1 million families.

On average, families who use child care have seen a 4.2% reduction in out of pocket costs (to December 2019).

A typical family is around $1,300 better off per child per year.

Families can see how they will benefit at www.education.gov.au/eccc

MORE FLEXIBLE PARENTAL LEAVE

The Government is providing parents with more flexibility in accessing Government-funded Parental Leave Pay.

For the first time families will be able to split their Government-funded Parental Leave Pay into blocks of leave, allowing them to work in between.

This makes returning to work much more flexible.

We have also extended the work test rules so more women are eligible for Government-funded Parental Leave Pay.

WOMEN’S SAFETY

The Government is providing record levels of support to keep women and children safe – at home, at work, on the streets and online.

Since 2013, we have invested $852 million on programs to support women and children who are victims of, or at risk of, domestic violence.

With this investment we are: improving frontline services; improving the legal system; ensuring better, safer use of technology; and driving cultural change.

We have introduced reforms to the family law system to stop domestic violence victims being cross-examined by perpetrators.

We have introduced a new minimum standard of 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

To tackle online abuse, we have expanded the role of the e-Safety Commissioner. This office now also takes responsibility for online safety issues affecting adults, including victims image-based abuse.

To help drive cultural change, a $30 million national campaign to change young people’s attitudes to women and violence is being delivered. The first phase of the Stop it at the Start campaign was viewed more than 43 million times online.

HEALTH

We have made key investments in women’s health including:

  • Increase the number of McGrath Foundation nurses funded by the Government from 57 to 98 (by 2022–23).
  • Providing the whooping cough vaccine to every pregnant woman in the country.
  • For the first time, covering the cost of MRI and PET scans for breast cancer. This will improve diagnosis and treatment, while saving $1,500.
  • Prioritising perinatal mental health with investment in a new Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program.

We have also removed GST on sanitary items without imposing higher taxes elsewhere.

WOMEN’S SPORT

We are actively supporting women’s sport. This includes:

  • Over $2 million for the Women Leaders in Sport program. Over 280 women from 39 sports are expected to benefit from leadership workshops held throughout 2020.
  • $30 million to support the construction of a new Brisbane Lions Australian Football League Women’s facility in Queensland and the redevelopment of Carlton Football Club’s Ikon Park in Victoria.
  • Investing in women’s elite sport including $30 million through Netball Australia and $15 million for a high performance centre for the Matildas.
  • Supporting the Football Federation Australia’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia.

Information current as at February 2020