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NSW Women’s Strategy 2018–2022

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.

What are we doing?

The NSW Women’s Strategy 2018–2022 is a whole-of-government, whole-of-community policy framework that aims to improve the economic, social and physical wellbeing of women and girls across NSW.

The Women’s Strategy is supported by annual action plans with initiatives across government and the non-government sector, including agreed targets and outcomes.

What have we achieved so far?

The NSW Government released the Year One Action Plan in August 2018 and the Year Two Action Plan in August 2019. The Year Two Action Plan included the Year One Final Report.

The Year One Final Report included highlights such as:

  • Supporting flexibility for all government sector jobs on an ‘if not, why not’ basis
  • Supporting women and girls with eating disorders, and
  • The release of the women in sport strategy, Her Sport Her Way 2019–2023.

What is next?

NSW Government agencies continue to implement actions under the Women’s Strategy, including:

  • Helping women to start and manage their own businesses
  • Increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles
  • Providing targeted mental health supports to mothers.

Other actions under the Year 2 Action Plan include responding to the needs of women at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness and building resilience of women in regional, rural and remote NSW.

Women NSW is currently coordinating the development of the Women’s Strategy Year Three Action Plan 2020–21.

What difference will we make?

Expected outcomes of the Year Two Action Plan include:

  • Improving women’s financial wellbeing and security
  • Creating opportunities in occupations and industries where women remain under-represented
  • Promoting and supporting a holistic approach to women’s health across the lifespan
  • Maximising women’s physical, social and economic potential.

The Year Two Action Plan also supports women’s engagement through social networks, access to information and building confidence through diverse representations of women and girls.

Agencies report progress at the end of each action plan.

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