Current Activities and Projects
AGEC will achieve its mission through direct programs, targeted research, public advocacy and policy development as well as through support for the initiatives of other like-minded organisations. AGEC is currently involved in multiple initiatives. Explore what we are currently doing below.
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The Director’s Blog
Each month an AGEC Board member provides a blog that reflects on current topics and key priorities for gender equality.
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March 2022 – Draft National Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children falls short of expectations
AGEC's submission on the draft National Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children sends a strong message that it falls far short of expectations. Though the draft National Plan reflects a sound understanding of the prevalence, drivers and...
February 2022 – AGEC calls on the Prime Minister to take decisive action
The Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) today calls on the Prime Minister, National Cabinet and every elected Member of Parliament to take decisive action to end gendered violence and promote gender equality across Australia. AGEC supports the many women,...
December 2021 – AGEC Horrified by Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces Review Findings
Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) revealed its horror at the findings of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' Review into parliamentary workplace culture and has called for the urgent implementation of all 28 recommendations. The review found that...
November 2021 – AGEC Submission to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
AGEC has made a comprehensive submission to the Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Government announced in the Women’s Budget Statement 2021-22 a review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, including whether the Agency (WGEA) has appropriate...
June 2021 – How did the Federal Budget measure up against AGEC’s Gender Equality Manifesto?
Our assessment is “Needs Improvement”.
Though the Budget took some important steps to recognise the issues facing women in Australia today, it was a missed opportunity for significant structural and economic reform to achieve a gender-equal society.
The key women’s initiatives in the Budget are welcomed but do not go far enough, and are unlikely to provide the long term structural change needed to achieve gender equality.
$3.4 billion towards women is less than 1% of overall budget, far short of what it could and should be.
Policy Position Statements
Universal Childcare – the Power to Transform our Economy
The 2021 Federal Budget was a missed opportunity for significant economic reform — something that would inject billions of dollars into the Australian economy and a significant step toward achieving true gender equality in the workplace. The economic argument for universal early childhood education is strong; what makes it compelling is the opportunity for step change for gender equality and providing Australian children with quality early learning for a better future. AGEC believes this a once in a lifetime opportunity to use stimulus measures for longer term economic reform. #ItsTime
AGEC calls for Decisive Action to end Sexual Harassment
The Australian Gender Equality Council believes all people must be respected and be safe from the threat of violence and sexual harassment. We call upon the Prime Minister, National Cabinet and every elected Member of Parliament to act against gendered violence in the Parliamentary workplace as an example to every Australian workplace. All 55 recommendations of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s 2020 Report must be implemented as a top priority, and the government must ratify the International Convention on eliminating violence and harassment at work. #ItsTime