Member Notices

CSW61 Submissions to Government

5 December 

The Federal Office for Women is inviting written submissions from all interested individuals, non-government and civil society organisations to provide input into the Australian Government priorities for the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). 

The purpose of submissions is to inform the Australian Government's position during negotiations of the CSW61 Agreed Conclusions and other related resolutions. 

You can provide your final submission (one page maximum) via email to no later than COB Saturday 8 January 2017

If you aren't making a submission (individually or through your organisation) but would like to contribute, you can add your voice to the National Women's Alliances' Joint Submission by taking part in our CSW61 consultation survey

A Conversation on RESPECT and Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 18:00


33 Saxon St


This interactive forum completes the 2016 That Inspires Respect project by drawing together a diverse group of people to discuss the issues of respect and its links to gender based violence. The forum will include a screening of the films produced in the project, an opportunity to hear of this experience through the voices of its creators and a discussion with key advocates of gender equality and respect from a variety of viewpoints.

with the participation of:

Fiona McCormack – Domestic Violence Victoria
Julie Kun - WIRE Women’s Information & Referral Exchange 
Annie Douglas – Women’s Health in the North 
Cara Gleeson – Young Women’s Christian Association Victoria 

Registration for the eventbrite HERE

Stand Together Against Domestic & Family Violence

29 November 

What you do can make a difference. 

1800RESPECT and Rosie Batty have partnered to produce a toolkit for frontline workers on responding to domestic and family violence. To learn what you can do to make a difference, watch the video below. Presented by Rosie Batty the video shows four simple steps to take to support someone you know. 

Paid Parental Leave Inquiry

16 November

The Senate has referred the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016 to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Submissions close on 16 December 2016. The reporting date is 15 February 2017.

NFAW Annual Dinner: Casualised Work and its Impacts

Tue, 29/11/2016 - 18:00

National Press Club of Australia 

16 National Circuit



Join NFAW for their annual dinner. Canapes, main and fromage beginning from 6pm until late.

Barbara Deegan is a consultant in Ashurst Australia's employment group working with Commonwealth, state and territory clients. She has served as a Commissioner of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Commission from 1996 to 2014 and as a Commissioner of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Barbara's appointment as a Commissioner, she held the positions of Assistant Secretary of Legal Services Group of the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations; Principal Registrar of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and the Australian Government's representative at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. She was also the author of a highly-regarded independent integrity review of the 457 Visa Program. The review was commissioned by the Minister for Immigration and was accepted by all sides of politics as a comprehensive analysis of the issue.

How to Economically Empower Women and Girls: UNAA Guide Relased

15 November

The economic empowerment of women and girls is central to the protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights.

The United Nations Association of Australia is proud to present this report - which contains a list of  practical, agreed priorities for action - which is the culmination of a two day consultative forum held in Melbourne.

Made up of expert led consultations on the economic empowerment of women and girls, the forum was attended by more than 140 delegates and harnessed the expertise and lived experience of individuals from a broad range of professional and community settings.

The Forum covered six main themes and a summary of the key priorities for action agreed to by the delegates are included below.

The full report is available at

Special Screening of The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

Sat, 05/11/2016 - 18:00

52 Merthyr Road

New Farm

Brisbane, Queensland

Children by Choice presents a special screening of the documentary “The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics”, followed by a Q & A discussion on issues such as sexuality, marriage equality, conscientious objection and abortion with guest speaker Catholics for Choice president Jon O'Brien.

Children by Choice is thrilled to host Jon O'Brien for this special Brisbane event. The screening and discussion are a great opportunity for anyone wondering how to reconcile their faith with support for reproductive autonomy. The event is an all options pro-choice space, intended for genuine discussions and the chance to ask questions about the nuance and complexities of religious belief and reproductive choice. It is not a space for anti-abortion rhetoric or comments designed to upset or inflame debate. We welcome all who are interested in coming in the spirit of community and tolerance, but we do reserve the right to refuse your registration or evict you from the event if need be.

More information and registration is HERE

(event finished 8pm)

Petition: Stop Paid Parental Leave Amendments

1 November

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women has started this petition to show support for the current Paid Parental Leave system. Please sign and share this petition

Currently in Australia, working parents are entitled to a total of 18 weeks of tax-payer funded leave paid at the minimum wage rate of $672.60 per week before tax. New mothers eligible for the PPL scheme are also entitled to any additional paid leave provided by their employer. Under proposed changes mothers will not receive the PPL scheme if they are receiving the additional paid leave provided by their employer. This is despite Australia's paid parental leave entitlements falling below the average for OECD countries.

NGO Applications for the Australian Government CSW61 Delegation & Side Events are open!

NGO Delegates

Office for Women is inviting all interested individuals, academics, and representatives of non-government organisations to put forward an application to be included in the Australian Government delegation to CSW61. Applications close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October* 2016. To apply, please visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website

Australian hosted CSW60 side events

Office for Women is calling for expressions of interest from civil society interested in co-hosting an Australian Government side event at CSW61. Expressions of interest close 11.59pm AEDST Sunday 30 October 2016. To apply, please visit the Deparment of Prime Minister and Cabinet website here

*Please note there has been a one week extension from the original 23 October deadline for the NGO delegate positions. 

International Engagement Forum (National Women's Alliances)

Wed, 19/10/2016 - 10:00

Australian Human Rights Commission

Level 3, 175 Pitt Street

Sydney, NSW 

Join friends and colleagues working for women's rights and gender equality at the National Women's Alliances' International Engagement Forum. The forum is an opportunity to hear an update from government and civil society on the SDGs and provide input on the future directions of SDG implementation and the 61st Commission on the Status of Women. 

RSVP with dietary and access requirements by 12 October to  

An invitation with the agenda is available here

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