ERA has made a submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Workforce Australia  regarding ParentsNext. We’re arguing that the compulsory nature of the program combined with onerous so-called ‘mutual obligations’ puts the ParentsNext program in breach of the right to social security in article 9 of the  Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

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ERA has made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care, arguing that recognising and valuing the care work done by women is a necessary step if we are to effectively address both women’s workforce participation and the problematic gender norms which sit beneath our understanding of care. Download and read the […]

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Joint Submission of Equality Rights Alliance and Women’s Property Initiatives to the Productivity Commission’s Review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. Housing is arguably the most fundamental cross-cutting issue confronting Australian governments and yet the NHHA is failing to make headway in reducing levels of housing stress and homelessness. Decades of research demonstrate the […]

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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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ERA urges the government to place care at the centre of our economy by, among other things, addressing disparities in women-dominated care sectors, tackling climate change (including through significant emission reductions), applying a gender lens to climate change and disaster planning, mitigation and response, and by making affordable housing a priority. Our recommendations for the […]

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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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ERA will be giving evidence before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal And Constitutional Affairs tomorrow, calling on the Government to go back to the drawing board with the Religious Discrimination Bill. We need a bill which properly enacts the Right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief as set out in the ICCPR, not […]

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ERA is calling on the Federal Public Service Commission to modernise the Maternity Leave Act covering Commonwealth employees, so it enables gender equality. It is vital that the Maternity Leave Act better reflects the realities of modern parenting and the needs of diverse families.

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