Delivering opportunities for Australian women

Delivering opportunities for Australian women

Office for Women
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian women to benefit from 2017-18 Budget measures

Australian women to benefit from 2017-18 Budget measures.

The Government’s 2017-18 Budget will deliver for women by strengthening the family law system to protect victims of domestic violence; increasing frontline services for domestic violence victims; helping working families with better access to pre-school and child care; supporting women’s workforce participation; and improving women’s access to cancer screening services.

The Government will inject almost $430 million to support universal access to pre-school for all four year olds, building on the investment of an additional $2.5 billion in child care.

By providing high quality early education, parents will have greater opportunity to work.

The national expansion of ParentsNext will support young parents, particularly women, to plan and prepare for employment. This includes implementing the program in 20 new locations across Australia, which have a high proportion of Indigenous recipients of Parenting Payment.

The Government will also help women across regional Australia by providing $33 million to help disability and aged care providers grow their workforce.

The Government’s focus on reducing violence against women and their children is reflected in this Budget.

In addition to providing $39 million in extra funding for community legal centres, the Government is committing to expand the Specialised Domestic Violence Units for women and children escaping family violence. The Government will also provide $10.7 million to family law courts to employ additional family consultants to assist in the early management of cases where there are allegations of domestic violence or child abuse.

Furthermore, the Government will shortly release (for public consultation) amendments to the Family Law Act to ensure that victims of domestic violence will not be cross examined (or required to cross examine) their alleged perpetrator. 

This is on top of a review of the family law system by the Australian Law Reform Commission, which will ensure it is meeting the needs of contemporary families now and into the future.

The health and wellbeing of Australian women, particularly in relation to safe and affordable cancer screening, is a further Budget highlight.

The Government is investing approximately $65 million over four years in the BreastScreen Australia Program and $41.6 million over four years to the Victorian Cytology Service.  

The Government is committed to delivering positive outcomes for Australian women.

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