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economic Security4Women Update September 2013 
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A message from eS4W’s Chair – Sandra Cook

This year has been a very busy one, with the review of our management processes and contractor positions, a new federal government, a new Minister, a revamped and relocated Office for Women and a revised work plan with clear objectives and outcomes (available on the eS4W intranet). We are all aware of the fiscal restraint that governments are facing and we will be working hard to ensure our work is relevant and worthy of continued support. 

I wish each of you good tidings for the festive season and trust that it offers you time for refreshment and renewal – there’ll be many opportunities for participation and contribution the next six months.

Sandy
eS4W Work Plan

History:
At the May Face to Face meeting council members identified the following core areas of work for the alliance to focus on in the next funding period:
  1. Women, education, training, employability and skills development
  2. Women and long term economic well-being: financial capability and retirement savings
  3. Women and workforce participation
  4. Gender statistics: data disaggregated by gender
  5. Collaborations with NWAs:; Housing; CSW and CEDAW
Development of work plan:
During the months of June and July Issues working groups were formed and draft priorities for the work plan were circulated to members for comment.  These issues were finalised at a Council Member Teleconference in July with a final work plan delivered to Office for Women in August. This work plan did not include any issue based projects but was mainly advocacy based, continuing to build on our existing work.

What Happened next:
The federal election and a new government was elected.  Senator Michaelia Cash was appointed as the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women.  Her message is clear; she intends to wield her influence to maintain funding for the alliances and there is no doubt that the Minister is keen for eS4W to succeed. Her advice is to simplify our work plan and ensure that what we do, we do well.

Next 6 months:
Office for Women have slightly revised our original work plan with 4 issue areas and 3 priority activities.  The priority issues cover all core issues identified by eS4W’s member organisation’s:
 
  • 1.1 - Women into non-traditional industries and occupations
    (Women, education, training, employability and skills development)
  • 1.2 - Gender equity in the workplace: financial capability, pay equity (negotiation) and retirement savings (Women and long term economic well being)
  • 1.3 - Gender equity in the workplace: Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Sector-ongoing from SPP funding/ (Women and workforce participation)
  • 1.4 - Gender equity in workplace: caring responsibilities (Women and workforce participation)
  • 1.1 - 1.4 (inclusive)  - Gender statistics
The main projects will include:
ACTIVITY 1.1.1:    
Undertake research into school-based initiatives encouraging girls into non-traditional occupations, education and training (STEM and VET) and prepare a report outlining key findings.

Pre November 2013 Issue
Women, education, training, employability and skills development
 
Post November 2013 Issue:
Issue 1.1:  Women into non-traditional industries and occupations
 
Past eS4W related work
  • Forum on education and training (Brisbane)
  • Forums on insecure work (Melbourne and Adelaide)
  • Girls into Trades – pilot program  (eS4W funded AWE in 2010)
  • Career pathways for Women and Girls:  Emergent and Non-Traditional Occupations and Industries (eS4W funded WAVE in 2010)
  • Lifelong Learning and Work related Education (2007)
ACTIVITY 1.2.1:
Develop  and produce a set of tools / toolkit on financial literacy and independence including salary & contract negotiation.

Pre November 2013 Issue:
Women’s long term economic wellbeing
 
Post November 2013 Issue:
Issue 1.2: Gender equity in the workplace: pay equity and retirement savings

Past eS4W related work
  • Women’s financial literacy and independence
  • Equal opportunity in an age of insecurity (context)
  • Women and Employment Survey 2009
  • What women want
  • Superannuation
ACTIVITY 1.3.1 - 1.3.3    
Progress post-forum resources for Pay Equity issues in the SME sector and actively engage with small business and employment portfolios on women in small business and equity in SME sector

Pre November 2013 Issue:
Women and workforce participation
 
Post November 2013 Issue:
Issue 1.3:  Gender equity in the workplace: Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Sector
 
Past eS4W related work
  • Pay Equity Forum – September 2013 (note : the Forum was funded separately)
  • Attitudes to Gender Pay Equity in Small Business
  • What Business Wants
ACTIVITY 1.4.1 - 1.4.2:
Provide submissions into key policy processes – Paid Parental Leave  (any parliamentary inquiry ) and Child Care (Productivity Commission Inquiry) 

Pre November 2013 Issue:
Women and workforce participation

Post November 2013 Issue:
Issue 1.4 Gender equity in workplace: caring responsibilities

Past eS4W related work
  • Out of School Hours Care – 2011 & 2009
  • Paid Maternity Leave – 2009
  • Counting on Care Work in Australia 2012
ACTIVITY:    
Gender Statistics and Analysis – Data Disaggregation by Sex

Pre November 2013 Issue:
Gender Statistics and Analysis – Data Disaggregation by Sex
  
Post November 2013 Issue:
Issue 1.4:  Gender equity in workplace: caring responsibilities
All issues:  Gender Statistics and Analysis - Data Disaggregaton by Sex

Activity under Issue 1.4.3:
Focus defined to: Improved access to gender data and analysis for the purposes of policy development and monitoring focusing on Gender equity in workplace:  caring responsibilities

Activity under all Issues (ongoing):
Representation on ABS Gender Statistics Advisory Group to consult and advocate for expansion of gender statistics and analysis in relevant statistical domains and for designated disadvantaged population groups

eS4W would like to acknowledge that we are very fortunate to have Dalma Jacobs, Council Member representing AFGW, to lead this activity.
economic Security4Women (eS4W) is one of the National Women’s Alliances. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.

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