What We Do

Social Policy

Social Policy and Women

The work of the Social Policy Committee is focused on the impact of Commonwealth government policies on the status and well-being of women and girls.

The committee is strongly committed to evidence-based policy. Its members include women with extensive experience and expertise in government and academic circles. When appropriate the committee commissions research to inform its considerations. It initiates work, responds to Parliamentary enquiries, works collaboratively with a wide range of like-minded organisations, and manages NFAW affiliation with the Equality Rights Alliance and Economic Security for Women. The work program is reviewed annually and endorsed by the Board of the Foundation.

Key Focus areas

  • The Australian taxation system- identifying the impact on women, particularly in relation to superannuation.
  • Affordable rental housing for women.
  • Employment related policies including:
  • Out-of-school hours and vacation care 
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Pay equity- 40 years after Australia’s first federal equal pay case began women’s wages are stuck at only 84 per cent of male earnings.
  • Health and welfare of women and girls 
  • Gender analysis of the Commonwealth Budget

‘Supporting quality research that informs policy debate’