Wealth inequality shows superannuation changes are overdue

Helen Hodgson, Associate Professor, Curtin Law School and Curtin Business School, Curtin University

HILDA data shows superannuation will soon overtake the family home as the major asset owned by Australians. Paul Miller/AAP

The Conversation


Welcome Amanda McIntyre new Head of the Office for Women

So pleased office now a Division as NFAW recommended.

NFAW congratulates Senator Michaelia Cash on her reappointment as Minister for Women

Adelaide 19 – 22 September 2016 Prevalent & Preventable, international conference on preventing violence against women and their children

New speakers, early bird registration closing 17 July, and more

Prevalent & Preventable is an international conference dedicated to exploring the emerging opportunities and challenges of preventing violence against women and children across the diversity of Australian society.

Working from the latest international and national evidence, Prevalent & Preventable brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to develop solutions to end violence against women.

The conference will translate international ideas into local spaces, and focus on actions to end the high rates of violence against women and children in Australia and across our region.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds need to be front and centre in efforts to end violence against women. Prevalent & Preventable will explore ways to prevent violence while tackling discrimination and disadvantage faced by these communities.

The conference will also explore how best to work with children and young people as agents of change to end violence against women in Australia.

Planning for the conference is well under way with the program firming up quickly.

We are proud to announce more of the great speakers who are set to appear alongside our international keynote speakers. These include:

  • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, AM Chair, Our Watch and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
  • Ms Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, campaigner against family violence
  • Ms Mary Barry, CEO, Our Watch

Other exciting sessions that have just been confirmed include:

  • Jennifer Uwineza and Andrew Taukolo from #R4Respect in Logan City speaking on campaigns and cultural change in the community
  • Members from the Young Women’s Advisory Group (AWAVA’s sister alliance) and members from the Equality Rights Alliance sharing their experience as young people creating change
  • An Our Watch Media Training Session that will include advice and tips for how the sector can communicate with the media to get increased and appropriate coverage of the issue involved in violence against women and children.

Alongside the program there will also be a small exhibition, so if you have a product or service that you wish to publicise to attendees, don’t miss this opportunity – spaces are very limited so contact the Conference Secretariat (conference@in-sync.com.au) to discuss what’s available.

Early bird registrations closing 17 July!

Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rate – rates increase on 17 July. With early bird rates ending so soon, you will need to be quick!


As with any conference, we couldn’t do this without our sponsors and we are delighted to welcome the Northern Territory Government’s support. We thank all our sponsors, especially our Principal Sponsors – the South Australian Government.

Does your organisation want to become involved at a different level? How about supporting another delegate to attend, or sponsoring a session/speaker? Contact the Conference Secretariat (conference@in-sync.com.au), visit the website or phone +61 2 6162 0345 to discuss the various opportunities available. We can tailor a package to suit your budget.

Stay in touch!

Want to keep up-to-date with the conference? Register your interest at conference.awava.org.au, email conference@in-sync.com.au or follow us on Twitter: @AWAVA_women, @OurWatchAus, @WESNETAustralia, @AusAWG or @Julie_Oberin

Winter Tales at the National Library – 24 July Harriet Elvin, CEO of the Cultural Facilities Corporation of the ACT



24 July 2016, 2pm-3pm
National Library Conference Room, Level 4
Cost $15 (includes afternoon tea)

Harriet Elvin reflects on the women who have influenced her life, on the opportunities she has enjoyed in her career, and on how she tries to support, develop and recognise other women, in her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Facilities Corporation. In this role, Harriet manages a number of the ACT’s major cultural venues, including the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and historic places Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga-Mugga. In Harriet’s talk she will explore how, in life, we each receive a baton – the legacies of the women who have gone before us – and pass it on, by creating legacies for women in the future.

Followed by afternoon tea.

In association with the Australian Women’s Archive Project

What are they saying to Women? Election 2016

An NFAW analysis of party policies is now available in PDF and Word.


NFAW supports WEL’s campaign on women and children’s safety

Women and their children across Australia are escaping domestic and family violence everyday. If you could spend only 2 cents a day to provide them with safe housing and support services, would you?

Well now you can.

The Women’s Electoral Lobby calculates that the $200 million a year (for five years) needed from the Commonwealth to fund our Women and Children’s Safety Program is just 2 cents per Australian, per day.

We know most Australians would say YES to paying that amount to save the lives of women and their children.

Will you take the 2 cents pledge?

Tell our federal political leaders the following pledge:

“To keep women and children safe, I am willing to pay 2 cents a day.”

CLICK HERE Take the 2 cents a day pledge


What is the Women and Children’s Safety Program?

The Women’s and Children’s Safety Program (WCSP) is a five year $2 billion program developed by WEL and supported by more than 30 leading organisations including Chief Executive Women White Ribbon Australia, Women on Boards and the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

WEL has written to the leaders of the Liberal Party, the ALP, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team asking them to commit to a $2 billion commonwealth-state program to secure effective long-term funding for women’s refuges and other emergency services for women and their children escaping domestic and family violence.

Click HERE to read the letters and see which leaders have responded.

NFAW is pleased to see

that its Gender Lens on the Budget has had an impact on ALP policies on women – follow this link to the ALP Women Brochure

NFAW event in Perth 7 June 2016

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) was delighted to host a forum in Perth on 7 June 2016 to promote gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Generously supported by Deloitte WA, more than 40 guests in professional and leadership roles representing industry, the not for profit sector, government and academia, were challenged by presentations from 3 extraordinary women about the continuing difficulties for women pursuing careers in STEM fields:

Professor Cobie Rudd – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice President at Edith Cowan University;

Marjolein Towler – Director of Consultus Pty Ltd, Chair of Women in Technology WA (WITA) and an Information Designer, Facilitator, Project Manager and Processes professional;

Alex Atkins – Manager in Risk Advisory, Deloitte, geologist and mining engineer

Common themes in the presentations included:

  • The need for engagement with children and young people to pursue careers in STEM fields;
  • Breaking down gendered stereotypes about STEM and careers available to men and women in those sectors;
  • The need for institutional change to support women in academia progressing their STEM careers

The NFAW is looking forward to continuing its engagement around Australia in creating opportunities for discussions about the issues important to Australian women.

Having recently completed its annual Gender Lens on the Commonwealth Budget, the Social Policy Committee of the NFAW is immersed in preparation of a comparative analysis of the policies of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 July.

It will be essential reading for all Australians interested in gender equality.

To find out more about the NFAW and what you can do to support its important work, go to www.nfaw.org

Canberra – Tuesday 26 July: ACT of Women Giving host ‘Bringing the Light – the Story of Seven Women’


Filmed over a period of four years, this film follows a group of Nepalese women whose lives have been empowered through education, skills training and income generation. This is a story of courage, resilience and strength as these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.


WHEN: Tuesday 26th July, 5pm – 7pm

VENUE:The Alastair Swayn Theatre
33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra, ACT 2609

COST: $25



CONTACT: Lesley Harris | 0419 123 515 | connecthroughgiving@gmail.com

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