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WA State Strategy

Responsible government

  • Western Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.

What are we doing?

The Western Australian (WA) Government is committed to addressing gender inequality and is finalising the development of a 10-year Women’s Plan – Building a stronger WA together. The Women’s Plan will focus on four priority areas:

  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Safety and justice;
  • Economic independence; and
  • Leadership.

The Women’s Plan will highlight existing initiatives throughout government, business and community and explore opportunities to address equality gaps and enhance gender equality in WA. The plan will address gender inequality through systemic and cultural change using a multi-faceted approach to bring about lasting solutions and ensure women can fully participate in all aspects of life.

The Women’s Plan will be aligned to the 10-year Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020–2030 to ensure complimentary action. For more information: https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/wa-have-your-say/womens-plan.

The 2019 Women’s Report Card, to be released on 23 September 2019, is an important partner document to the Women’s Plan and is the sixth in this series of indicator reports about women in Western Australia. The Women’s Report Card builds on and expands the work of previous editions to provide a comprehensive evidence base to inform policy development and service delivery in the government, non-government and private sectors. The report includes over 100 indicators and more than 500 statistics about women in the areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. It contributes to an evidence base for actions that support gender equality and aims to inform discussion, debate and advocacy.

What have we achieved so far?

State-wide consultations to inform the Women’s Plan were undertaken between 15 February 2019 and 31 July 2019. Along with community and Member of Parliament led consultations, other consultation tools included online surveys, mailable and online postcards, limited use of social media and promotion throughout WA Government Departments. Almost 2000 online surveys were received, 333 feedback postcards (220 e-postcards and 113 hard-copy postcards) and over 500 people attended community and Member of Parliament run consultations.

What is next?

It is proposed that the Women’s Plan will be launched in 2020 and will be accompanied by action plans that will set out WA Government actions over the 10-year lifespan of the Plan. Actions will be evaluated and reported on periodically.

What difference will we make?

The Women’s Plan has been developed as a framework for Government, business, and the community to take action. The Women’s Plan aims for all the whole of community to work together over the next 10 years to create a better, fairer and more equitable community in Western Australia. The Women’s Plan will set the agenda for achieving gender equality over the next 10 years.

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