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Policy and Frameworks

International context

National Context

Gives effect to Australia’s international human rights obligations and promotes equality between women and men. The Act protects people from unfair treatment on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, pregnancy and breastfeeding. It also protects workers with family responsibilities and makes sexual harassment against the law.
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The Act aims to:

  • promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace; and
  • support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, in recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in relation to employment matters; and
  • promote, amongst employers, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender in relation to employment matters (including in relation to family and caring responsibilities); and
  • foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace; and
  • improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace.

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The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 articulates the Australian Human Rights Commission role and responsibilities.
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The Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Plan in 2010 to set out what governments are doing to ensure that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.
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National approach to improving health outcomes for all women and girls in Australia.
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First released by the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2018 to support measures to increase women’s workforce participation, earning potential and economic independence. Expanded in 2020 to focus on women’s economic security and leadership, and women’s safety.
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A national framework for the prevention of violence against women and their children.  The framework is an initiative of the National Plan and was developed by Our Watch, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and Vic Health.
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A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
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WA Context

The WA Women’s health and Wellbeing Policy provides a strategic, coordinated, and gender-responsive approach by the WA health system and its partners to drive equitable, accessible and appropriate services that optimise the health, safety and wellbeing of women and girls in WA.
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Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality provides a framework for coordinated action by Government, business, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality over the next 10 years.

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An Implementation and Action plan is guiding delivery of Stronger Together and sets out phase 1 of the Plan. Evidence collected from the outcomes of actions will reflect the status of progress made to advance gender equality and will inform future actions plans.

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The Western Australian Government’s Path to Safety Western Australia’s strategy to reduce family and domestic violence 2020-2030 sets out a whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to family and domestic violence over the next decade.
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This initial two-year action plan includes initiatives that respond to particular needs arising during the COVID-19 emergency response and recovery phases. This action plan will consolidate the foundations and strengthen existing partnerships that will support the long-term outcomes of the Strategy.
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In lieu of a WA capability framework, PVT refers to the Victorian Preventing Family Violence and Violence against Women Capability Framework, which sets out the skills and knowledge required for various levels of PVAW practitioners and PVAW “contributors”.
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