“As Australia responds to the coronavirus pandemic, capacity to cope with the crisis is under strain from a secondary crisis – one of care work. This care crisis is a result of increased pressure on the health workforce and system, increased need for unpaid care work, such as childcare, and the dividends for heterosexual households […]

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“Once upon a time, Australia was the world leader in using its budget to promote gender equality. In 1984, the Federal Government implemented the world’s first gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) initiative. The Women’s Budget Program used the budget to systematically identify opportunities to advance gender equality through expenditures, allocations and taxation. And it was ace.” Project […]

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The National Women’s Alliances have released this joint position paper on disaster recovery, planning and management. People with Disability Australia have also contributed expertise to the drafting of this paper. “During an emergency, everyone in a community is affected, but there is strong evidence to show that different groups of people experience disaster differently. Gender stereotypes […]

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ERA welcomes the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020. PPL is recognized as a crucial measure for progressing gender equality,5 and in the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. ERA is broadly supportive of the Bill, and its intended aim of increasing women’s workforce participation […]

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ERA is pleased to launch Analysing the Gap: Opportunities to improve gender equality in Australia’s public policy processes. Public policy research has established that the outcomes and effects of government policies are gendered and consideration of the gendered effects of policies can be a powerful means to promote gender equality as well as delivering more efficient policymaking. A common technique used […]

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“ERA is strongly opposed to welfare conditionality, and opposes the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) Trial through the compulsory transitioning on people on Income Management to the CDC. ERA supports the CDC as an opt-in program only. We are concerned that the program discriminates against women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, […]

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“The design and delivery of Newstart and income support payments is currently gender blind, even though the global trend is for Governments to incorporate a gender analysis when making budgetary and other decisions Given the critical role played by our welfare system in supporting women’s economic welfare, ERA calls on the Committee to bring a […]

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“In this submission we aim to: a) demonstrate the need for an intersectional gender lens in reviewing Australia’s social protection system, including Centrelink’s compliance program, b) outline Australia’s international human rights commitments to provide social protections which are non-punitive, and which promote gender equality, and demonstrate their incompatibility with Centrelink’s compliance program, and c) recommend […]

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