ERA has made a submission to the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s review of the almost 50 year old APS Maternity Leave Act. We’re calling for changes to the legislation including gender neutral language, recognising the diversity of families and the need to redistribute unpaid care between men and women, although the use of more inclusive […]

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“The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health and an economic crisis, with long-term economic impacts to the Australian population. Women, and particularly young women, are one of the hardest hit demographics due to their overrepresentation in casual work, and in the retail and hospitality sectors. Disasters such as this pandemic have been shown to […]

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ERA is part of the Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network, and contributed to this submission on COVID-19. “The Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network (SFN) is working to ensure a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery over the immediate and longer term: we want a Snap Forward which also contributes to the achievement of gender equality. SFN brings together […]

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“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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