ParentsNext: Cruel, ineffective and a breach of human rights Australia’s largest alliance of women’s organisations, the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), has made a submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services, calling for the ParentsNext program to become opt-in only. “ParentsNext is currently compulsory for many Parenting Payment recipients who […]

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MEDIA STATEMENT October 26, 2022 Women are visible this federal budget Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service, Katy Gallagher intentionally foreground women in the federal budget. With childcare and paid parental leave measures, the October mini budget, Labor’s first in ten years, is a genuine attempt to achieve women’s […]

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Equality Rights Alliance has congratulated the Prime Minister, the Minister for Women and the Minister for Social Security on the changes to the National Paid Parental Leave Scheme announced today. “The changes are significant and welcome. Overall, it shifts the dial on paid parental leave so all family members potentially benefit,” said Helen Dalley-Fisher, Convenor […]

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Media Release Monday, May 23 2022 Women have spoken: new government urged to prioritise structural reform National Women’s Alliances have congratulated the incoming ALP Government and all new members of the 47th federal parliament, while stressing the urgency of tackling structural change to advance the lives of women and girls across the country regardless of […]

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This year’s federal budget lacks the vision and serious gender lens needed to address the challenges faced by Australia in a just and sustainable manner. “While there are a number of initiatives which show promise, the budget represents a missed opportunity to tackle the drivers of poverty,” said Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) Convenor, Helen Dalley-Fisher. […]

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Urgent law reform needed to prevent sexual harassment at work. One in three Australians have been sexually harassed at work within the past five years. It is prevalent and pervasive. But it is also preventable. We’re calling on the Australian Government to act now to implement the remaining recommendations of the Respect@Work report, which sets […]

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HOUSING CRISIS: Call for proactive and sustained leadership across all levels of government. Australia’s largest alliance of women’s organisations, the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), has called for a major overhaul of the way housing and homelessness policy is developed and delivered. The Productivity Commission is reviewing the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (‘NHHA’), a five-year […]

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On Friday a review of the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA) produced by the WGEA Review Team in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet was released. ERA welcomes the review that recommends that workplaces be more publicly accountable in terms of the gender pay gap and show they are doing more to action gender […]

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