SPECIAL Projects

Social Policy

The Social Policy Committee manages many projects that include submissions, reviews and research on many factors that affect the quality and empowerment of women and their lives. These projects include superannuation, child care, tax systems, affortable housing, homelessness, sex discrimination and pay equity.

Australian Women’s Archives Project

The Australian Women’s Archives Project (AWAP) is an online register of biographies of Australian women and women’s organisations, with hyperlinks to archival repositories and other sources of information. A joint project with the University of Melbourne, the AWAP contains more than 5500 entries, with references to more than 3000 archival resources, 6500 published resources and 500 digital resources. The site registers from between 21,000 to 42,000 visits per month. As well as individual entries, the website contains 15 exhibitions of groups of women, in fields such as journalism, sport, war, farming and politics. The AWAP also brokers arrangements with archival institutions for material held in private hands.

National History Challenge

The NFAW sponsors the Women’s Prize for the annual National History Challenge, conducted by the History Teachers Association. This research-based competition for upper primary and secondary school children emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.