Supporting Australian Women

Over 1.2 million new jobs have been created in Australia since the Liberal Nationals Government was elected in September 2013.

Approximately 57% of these new jobs have been taken up by women.

There are now over 6 million women in employment – with the female participation rate near a record high (60.6%).

The gender pay gap is also moving in the right direction, down to a record low of 14.2%.

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 nearly 1 million families.

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

Our changes have reduced child care out of pocket costs for families by more than 10% within the first 6 months of the new Child Care Subsidy.

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

MORE FLEXIBLE PARENTAL LEAVE

The Government will provide 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 more flexibly at times that suit.

This will make returning to work much more flexible.

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

WOMEN’S SAFETY

The Morrison Government is determined to keep women and children in Australia safe at home, safe on our streets and safe online.

Since 2013, we have invested $840 million on programs that directly support women and children who are victims of, or at risk of, domestic, family and sexual violence.

With this investment we are: improving frontline services like 1800RESPECT; 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 are investing $78 million to build or buy new emergency shelters for families affected by domestic violence and to fund programs that keep women and children safe in their homes.

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 of non-consensual image sharing.

Since 2013, we have also granted over 7,046 visas to vulnerable women and children through the Women at Risk program, which specifically helps women targeted because of their gender.

And we have introduced a new directive to prevent the entry to Australia of people convicted of violent crimes against women or children, regardless of the nation in which the offence occurred or the sentence that was handed down.

HEALTH

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

  • $20.5 million for breast care nurses through the McGrath Foundation.
  • funding for a National Action Plan for Endometriosis.
  • $39.5 million to immunise pregnant women against pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Listing new diagnostic imaging services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule used in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, saving patients up to $1,500 per scan.
  • Prioritising perinatal mental health with $26.3 million over five years from 2018-19 for a new Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program.

And we have removed GST on sanitary items without imposing higher taxes elsewhere.