The NFAW submission to the Productivity Commission Review of Childcare and Early Childhood argues for joint consideration of Paid Parental Leave and child care policies, and emphasises the importance of care for the school age child as likely to offer the greater gains in maternal workforce attachment – read more at:
You are invited to an evening with The Hon. Quentin Bryce AD CVO and patron of
The National Foundation for Australian Women
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Rio Tinto Headquarters 123 Albert Street
Buy your tickets now at:
A copy of the invitation can be downloaded from here - BrisbaneNFAWEventSeptember2014
a one act play written by Diane Bell and performed by Ngarrindjeri weavers premiered at the TarraWarra Biennale in Healesville Victoria on 16 August 2014.
The project grew from a request from Indigenous artist, Djon Mundine, co-curator of the 2014 TarraWarra Biennial to Diane Bell that she write an essay on women’s knowledge, how it is masked and hidden, for the catalogue that accompanies the Biennial. Rather than write yet another essay, Diane wrote the play, which the curator then suggested be performed as part of the Biennial. Thanks to everyone who donated money to help this project - Here is the link to the videos of the play performance and Q&A that Change Media has created from their recording at TarraWarra on Saturday. Enjoy!
Winter Tales in aid of the Australian Women’s Archives Project (www.womenaustralia.info)
Dr Dianne Firth
Landscape architect and art quilter
Layers by design: landscapes and quilts
Sunday 31 August
Dr Dianne Firth has long had two (sometimes linked) threads to the needle of her career. On one hand, she is a landscape architect and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. ‘Behind the Landscape of Lake Burley Griffin: landscape, water, politics and the national capital’ was the title of her PhD dissertation and her research continues with a focus on the theory and practice of landscape architecture and its management, particularly as it applies to Canberra. Dianne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Deputy Chairperson of the ACT Heritage Council, a member of the ACT Place Names Committee and a member of the Land Development Agency’s Design Review Panel. On the other hand, Dianne is an art quilter of considerable renown who has exhibited her work widely in Australia, the US and elsewhere. Her love of landscape has often inspired her choice of subject and the way she chooses and treats the fabrics making up her quilts.
2pm-4pm Fourth Floor Conference Room, National Library
Entry $15, includes afternoon tea
Bookings online at http://www.nla.gov.au/event/7105
NFAW is a member of the Coalition for Working Women (CWW) formed in early 2014 to address issues impacting the capacity of women to participate equally in the Australian economy. Its particular focus is ensuring that the Government does not scale back the gender reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
The WGE Act was introduced to strengthen the capacity of the Government to collect and report meaningful gendered workforce statistics to improve workplace equity and female participation in the workforce, in particular in management and leadership roles. The macro level workforce indicators currently generated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are not sufficient as they show trends not specifics, have little relevance to individual employers and do not drive change – which is clear from the lack of real progress to date.
The CWW has made a submission to the Department of Employment’s formal consultation on workplace gender equality reporting requirements. As the consultation appears to be seeking responses primarily from employers and employees the CWW believes it is important to have represented the views of women’s and industry organisations on a policy that has long-term implications for the Australian economy.
What can you do?
- Promote the submission within your networks and via social media
- If you have more than 100 employees in your company check to see if a submission has been made (http://employment.gov.au/news/consultation-workplace-gender-equality-act-2012-reporting-requirements-has-commenced) and what it includes.
- Be aware of how your industry compares – look at the workforce statistics being generated on the WGEA website at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/learn/research-and-resources
The CWW comprises the following organisations:
- Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Australian Local Government Women’s Association
- BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia
- Financial Services Institute of Australasia
- Local Government Managers Australia
- National Council of Women of Australia
- National Foundation for Australian Women
- Women on Boards
- Women’s Electoral Lobby
- The Work and Family Policy Roundtable (UniSA)
- YWCA Australia