The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced yesterday that his Government would develop a family policy and a family package focussed on childcare. BPWA welcomes the announcement and also advocates for the continued government supported scheme for paid parental leave that separates its funding from the individual workplace. Support for improvements in access to high quality childcare for all Australian families should not detract from properly funded parental leave. BPWA welcomes any investment in childcare as a career pathway for women, the increase in qualifications and higher wages for staff that should lead to increased satisfaction of employees, retention of quality staff and reduced turnover. However, concerns continue about the restrictive nature of childcare options and we advocate for careful consultation by the Government in developing the new policy and family package.
BPW Australia congratulates Australian and New Zealand Police Commissioners for their joint stand on the prevention of violence against women and children. In a meeting at the Australian Parliament yesterday, ten commissioners urged cultural change and a focus in the community on the links between sexist attitudes and the acceptance of violent behaviour. Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said the show of unity from the police commissioners demonstrated that the days of keeping quiet were over. Read More
BPW Australia congratulates Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick on winning the Australian Financial Review/Westpac Woman of Influence 2014 award. Elizabeth has worked actively for gender equality throughout her career and her work at the Australian Human Rights Commission has produced significant government and community focus on access to child care, parental leave and the treatment of pregnancy in the workplace, issues that are so critical to sustaining Australian women’s equal place in the workforce. Read more.