Sex and genderStronger Sex Discrimination Act—the government has responded to the report of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality. The amendments to the Act will ensure the protections from discrimination it provides apply equally to women and men.
In March 2010 the Australian Government announced funding of $3.6 million over three years for six National Women’s Alliances. The Alliances are made up of more than 100 women’s organisations as well as individual members, and will engage with the Australian Government on policy issues as part of a more informed and representative dialogue between women and government. The Alliances are encouraged to build broad collaborative networks to ensure representation for all women, especially those who have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making in the past, and will provide the opportunity for women to work directly with government departments and agencies on policy issues affecting women. The six alliances are: Economic Security for Women, Equality Rights Alliance, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, Australian Immigrant and Refugee Women, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and the National Rural Women’s Coalition and Network.