Pamela Denoon Lecture

This year Dr Marilyn Waring is giving the Pamela Denoon lecture at 7 pm on 12 March, Manning Clark Theatre 1 ANU – see details here

Health policy options in the wake of health pricing ideas

The Commonwealth Government focus so far on the use of a ‘price signal’ to make savings in health expenditure entirely misses the nature of the problem with current and future health costs in Australia – and the obvious options for improvement.

Without an aggressive focus on reducing the risks of preventable illness and improving the management of chronic diseases, government fears of the increasing health costs of the growing and ageing population will become a certainty.

Read more here – health policy options in the wake of health pricing ideas (f)-1 Feb 2015

Rosemary Calder is a member of the NFAW Social Policy Committee and this document has been published online by Fairfax newspapers.

Paid parental leave scheme to be replaced with new ‘families package’

“Marie Coleman, chair of the National Foundation for Australian Women Social Policy Committee, joins RN Breakfast” – listen at

Congratulations to NFAW Life Member Anne Buttsworth

NFAW congratulates Anne Buttsworth (NFAW Life Member ) for her award of an AM for her major contribution to the Australian Women’s Archive Project – well deserved recognition for years of tireless effort preserving the history of Australian women and recognising their role in building our nation, and to the advancement of Australian archival research.

Congratulations also to NFAW Life Member the Hon Ann Symonds who received an AM for significant service to social justice in NSW.

Gender reporting under threat. Will the minister for women please stand up?


On Friday, the findings from the government’s public consultation into gender reporting were posted on the Department of Employment’s website. There was no press release to alert anyone to its publication nor any mention made on the department’s social media channels. I only located the findings on the website once notified of the report’s existence and then even then I had to dig around to actually find it.

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NFAW member Dorothy Hoddinott is awarded the 2014 Human Rights Medal.

Join us in congratulating Dorothy Hoddinott in being awarded the 2014 Human Rights Medal.–and-hope-20141210-1240rs.html

Gender reporting critical to G20 goals.

Here is an update about the women’s agenda by Kathy MacDermott of NFAW Social Policy Committee.

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Gender inclusive science community

NFAW endorses the Astronomical Society of Australia support for members who speak up for a gender inclusive science community – read more>


Science Matters Nov 11 plus slides

Following the ASA’s public statement of support for members speaking up for a gender inclusive community earlier this week, I am pleased to say that today the Presidents of the American Astronomical Society, the Canadian Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Australia jointly signed and sent a letter to Dr Alvaro Giménez, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency. This letter presents the common views of our four Societies around the incident being referred to on Twitter as #shirtstorm or #shirtgate, and encourages ESA to strongly promote gender inclusive policies and practices to more broadly and effectively raise awareness of these issues.

Andrew Hopkins President, ASA

Conway’s leadership enabled great progress on gender

The Coalition of business, non-government, representative and industry associations representing the interests of working women would like to collectively thank and express our deep admiration for Helen Conway, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), on the announcement of her retirement in March 2015.

Since her appointment in 2011, Helen has lead the WGEA with tremendous effort and tireless leadership the results of which can be seen in the many successful initiatives she has developed including the forthcoming workplace gender data, the most comprehensive set of individual and collective gender reporting into the Australian workplace covering over 11,000 employers and four million employees, to be launched next week.

“Helen Conway has led the WGEA during a period of remarkable progress and positive change for gender equality,” members of the Coalition said.

“She has led with grace, steel and great finesse, as she has coerced, inspired and supported businesses to their best efforts in reporting and performing on gender equity.”

A highly accomplished lawyer who has focused strongly on developing equal opportunities for women, Helen has bridged the traditional gap between business and women excellently in her tenure as Director and her successor will need to continue to drive a closer relationship between these communities.

This role is highly important to develop effective strategies to overcome the persistent gender wage gap in Australia and is directly relevant to Australia achieving the agreements made at the G20 to undertake further efforts to achieve higher female work-force participation.

We call on the Government to ensure the next Director of the WGEA is identified through a public and transparent advertising and selection process that includes a member of the women’s coalition in the process, as was the case with Helen’s selection.

The Coalition looks forward to working closely with the next Executive Director of the WGEA on the critical issue of achieving gender equity in the Australian workplace.

We wish Helen the very best in her retirement and congratulate her on her excellent contribution to advancing the cause of women, and particularly working women, in Australia.

For further information contact Viv Hardy on or (02) 9283 4113

Issued on behalf of the following members of the Coalition:

  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
  • BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Local Government Managers NSW
  • National Council of Women of Australia
  • National Foundation of Australian Women
  • Women on Boards
  • Women’s Electoral Lobby
  • YWCA Australia


Joint Statement re Foreign Fighters Bill (Oct 2014)

NFAW has supported Amnesty International Australia’s joint statement on the Foreign Fighters Bill.

The statement, was sent to the Attorney-General, George Brandis and to Mark Dreyfus.  Click here for a copy – Joint Statement re Foreign Fighters Bill (Oct 2014) FOR RELEASE