economic Security4Women Update September 2013
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eS4W Update - September 2013

eS4W have focused on our core issues in the month of September.  An update on each is included in this e-bulletin:
  • Equal Pay Day
  • Pay Equity Forum
  • WGEA - Implementation Consultation Group
  • Financial Capacity

  • ERA Housing Policy Group


  • WAVE Annual Report
  • CSW 58 Review Theme
Also included in this addition:

Member Engagement | Member Organisations activities
Upcoming Events | P
lans for October

Over 50 women from a variety of backgrounds attended this forum in the Darlington Centre at Sydney University that focused on gender equity within the small to medium enterprise (SME) sector of Australian business. The forum was hosted by Prof Marian Baird of the Women and Work Research Group and eS4W. (Click here for the summary)


Held in the week of Equal Pay Day, this forum in Melbourne provided the opportunity for a wide range of interested people – including academics with expertise in human resource management in small to medium sized enterprises (SME) sector and with expertise in pay equity; representatives of business, employees, women’s organisations and the public sector – to discuss pay equity in the SME sector.The aim of the forum was twofold: 
  1. to gain a better understanding of the challenges and needs for SMEs in considering pay equity and the attraction and retention of female employees; and
  2. to plan how best to support SMEs to achieve pay equity and to harness the full potential of their workforce. A full report is forthcoming.
Click here for SME Resources provided at the forum.

A report will be provided early November.


Sandra Cook, eS4W's Chair, attended the second meeting for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Implementation Consultation Group on 16 September. The focus was on Workplace Profiles and Benchmarks for 2013/14.
The Group examined the proposed Workplace Profile and Reporting Questionnaire for Employers for the 2013-2014 reporting period. This was a very good opportunity for the agency to receive feedback and comment from a diverse group. They also looked at the Reporting Questionnaire being drafted for the Gender Equality Indicators for the 2014-15 reporting period, offering comment on interpretation and presentation.

This work group has met and is looking at: Women’s access to financial information with the potential to engage with ASIC about the MoneySmart site; the results of the ASIC survey that were released this week; engaging with Roslyn Russell about the findings of Phase 1: Women and Money research (Click here for the media release)

eS4W has been invited to nominate a representative onto the ERA Housing Policy Group. This is a great opportunity for us to work with ERA on an issue that affects many women and was raised by most member organisations as an emerging issue at our face to face meeting in May. 

Please contact Sally to find out more and express your interest.

Sally attended WAVE's AGM on Thursday 12th September. A copy of their Annual Report can be read here. Congratulations to WAVE for all the work they do.


WAVE has offered to convene a working group to consider what action eS4W will  take in relation to the CSW Review Theme :Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session) - See more here .

Sally is following up with the International Engagement and Human Rights Section in OfW

Sally Jope, eS4W's Executive Officer, attended last day of ZONTA District 24 Conference at Terrigal and congratulate them on their stand: ZONTA SAYS NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

Sally spoke about the work of the alliance and was able to meet members from individual clubs and their advocacy groups who raised with me the following concerns:

  • the twin issues of supply of affordable housing and the prospect of homelessness;
  • financial capability and
  • the need for women to seek financial advice, especially to plan for retirement.

Representatives of ZONTA District 23 who were present also expressed interest in joining eS4W.
What our member organisations are talking about:

BPW Australia - eBulletin - August/September 2013

Sandra Cook's Article in Leadership for Women - on  "To Improve the Status of Women"

WIRE - e-Bulletin - September 2013

NTWWC - the Governor General visited Alice Springs in August

Would you like to put a link to your Member Organisations News - send Sharen - an email before the 20th of each month and she will include it.


Sydney 17 October 2013 8.30 am - 1.30 pm
Women in Global Business and ANZ invite you to the 7th annual Speaker Series on Engaging with Asia. (Click here for more detail)
More to read

The Conversation

Fair Deal for Women

WGEA - Engaging Men in Flexible working arrangements

ABS - 8167.0 - Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2011-12

ABS - 2007.0.55.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Submissions Report, 2016  

Gender Indicators Australia

Fitted for Work - Fitted for work is a great organisation based in Melbourne and in Parramatta; helping women into work, with significant links with corporate women and organisations

Closure of Social Inclusion Unit Notification

What is happening in October 2013
  • Management Group Meeting - 8th October
  • Preparation for AGM scheduled for 20th November
  • Pay Equity Forum Funding resources planning
Sally Jope on behalf of eS4W has been
  • Invited to meet members of WCEI at their October lunch in Sydney
  • Invited to speak about the NWAs and eS4W to members of Melbourne Uni Graduate Student Association and they have been put into contact with Melbourne based members who are working in area of financial capability
  • Invited to speak about NWAs, eS4W and women’s long term economic well-being at the launch of ‘Living longer on less’, qualitative study of women as they face retirement published by Women’s Health in the North and Women's Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE). (WHIN have also expressed interest in becoming a state based member of eS4W)
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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