Social Policy

Social Policy and Women

The work of the Social Policy Committee is focused on the impact of government policies on the status and well being of women and girls. The committee is strongly committed to evidence-based policy, and commissions leading academics to undertake research to inform its considerations. It initiates work, responds to Parliamentary enquiries and works collaboratively with a wide range of like-minded organisations.

Focus areas

  • Reform of the Australian taxation system– identifying the impact on women, particularly in relation to superannuation
  • Affordable rental housingfor women – initiatives include the development of suitable financial models, the inclusion of housing data in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ gender indicators and a demonstration project.
  • Out-of-school hours and vacation care –a Newspoll survey on behalf of aconsortium of organisations, which showed a nation-wide lack of access to affordable school holiday programs
  • 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 – submission to government (including reproductive health and Abortion Law reform) based on the principle of evidence-based policy
  • Women’s Statement 2012 – Achievements and Budget Measures – click here.

‘Supporting quality research that informs policy debate’