Our Policy Submissions

National Voice Process on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

National Voice Process on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Policy Submissions

Victorian Women's Trust has made a submission to the Federal government's Co-Design Process for an Indigenous Voice to support From The Heart's recommendations. 

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2021 March4Justice letter to PM Scott Morrison MP

2021 March4Justice letter to PM Scott Morrison MP

Policy Submissions

On 15th March 2021, the Victorian Women's Trust joined 53 Australian organisations and over 100 individuals in writing to Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP to say #enoughisenough

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2020 Climate Change Bill submission

2020 Climate Change Bill submission

Policy Submissions

On 26 November 2020, VWT submitted to the House Committee on Energy and the Environment on the 2020 Climate Change Bill, introduced by Independent MP Zali Steggall.

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Submission to AEC Redistribution Committee on naming of the proposed new federal electorate in Victoria

Submission to AEC Redistribution Committee on naming of the proposed new federal electorate in Victoria

Policy Submissions

On October 16th 2020 VWT, along with a group of interested women, made a submission to members of the Members of the AEC Redistribution Committee on the naming of the proposed new federal electorate in Victoria following the 2021 redistribution. 

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VWT sign onto Australian Charter of Rights campaign

VWT sign onto Australian Charter of Rights campaign

Policy Submissions

VWT is delighted to endorse the campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network: Submission to Senate Committee on COVID-19

Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network: Submission to Senate Committee on COVID-19

Policy Submissions

In signing on to this joint submission, the Victorian Women's Trust joins 70+ other organisations and individuals calling for a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery over the immediate and longer term.

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Joint statement on COVID-19 and the effect on women and gender diverse people

Joint statement on COVID-19 and the effect on women and gender diverse people

Policy Submissions

VWT partnered with Gender Equity Victoria and 100+ Victorian women's organisations to release a joint statement on ten things the Government must do to address the impacts of COVID-19 on women and gender diverse people.

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2020 Religious Discrimination Bills consultations

2020 Religious Discrimination Bills consultations

Policy Submissions

On January 30th, VWT submitted Connor Shaw's internship report to the Attorney General's Religious Freedom Bills - second exposure draft consultations writing that VWT has, "serious concerns about this proposed legislation and its negative impacts on Australian women."

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2019 Vic Gender Responsive Budgeting Inquiry

2019 Vic Gender Responsive Budgeting Inquiry

Policy Submissions

In our view, two critical dimensions to getting gender responsive budgeting right in the first place, and upholding these propositions, is to acknowledge women’s unpaid and care work, and to count it.

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2019 Victorian Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

2019 Victorian Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

Policy Submissions

We see this submission as an opportunity for young girls and women to have a much needed voice in the Commission process.

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2019 AHRC Sexual Harassment Inquiry

2019 AHRC Sexual Harassment Inquiry

Policy Submissions

Sexual harassment at work flourishes in places where sexual discrimination goes unchecked and full gender equality remains a distant hope. Sexual harassment is fuelled by organisations that remain overly masculine; are unequal from top to bottom; and which manifest cultures of permissiveness towards perpetrators and silencing of those harmed. 

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#Power2Prevent: Urgent Actions Needed to Stop Sexual Harassment at Work

#Power2Prevent: Urgent Actions Needed to Stop Sexual Harassment at Work

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We signed this urgent joint statement with over 100 other organisations because everyone should be safe at work.

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2019 Gender Equality Bill

2019 Gender Equality Bill

Policy Submissions

On September 27 2018, the Trust contributed a policy submission to the Victorian Government Gender Equality Bill 2018 Discussion Paper. In our submission we have chosen to address the discussion paper questions where we believe our experience as a women’s organisation can value-add to this important discussion surrounding the intention, implementation, inclusion and evaluation of the proposed legislation.

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2018 Victorian federal electorate renaming objection

2018 Victorian federal electorate renaming objection

Policy Submissions

In our submission we discuss how the processes of naming electorates has systematically overlooked the achievements of women, and outline how these proposed changes fail to rectify the disparity between the representation of men and women within electoral names.

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2018 Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill

2018 Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill

Policy Submissions

In our submission, we discuss the scourge that domestic violence constitutes in our society and the legislative and policy intervention vacuum that has persisted in Australia since federation which has ensure the deeply embedded, systemic and wicked nature of this problem.

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2018 Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill Inquiry

2018 Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill Inquiry

Policy Submissions

On the 25th of January, Isabelle Hughes, our Policy Intern,  produced a policy submission in response to the proposed changes contained in the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017.

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2017 Department of Communications and the Arts public consultation into a civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

2017 Department of Communications and the Arts public consultation into a civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

Policy Submissions

As the non-consensual sharing of intimate images becomes easier with the advent of new technologies, it represents a serious issue concerning the safety and wellbeing of women and girls as they increasingly navigate and live their lives through online spaces.

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2017 Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill

2017 Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill

Policy Submissions

The Trust’s submission addressed the schedules in the Bill which addressed Australia’s child care and paid parental leave (PPL) schemes. Our submission emphasised that the benefits of a flexible and generous social security system are then manifest at every level of society with benefits reaching far into Australia’s future.

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2017 Setting The Agenda-Labor's National Conversation on Gender Equity

2017 Setting The Agenda-Labor's National Conversation on Gender Equity

Policy Submissions

We believe Labor has a unique opportunity in Setting The Agenda to build momentum and a political appetite for bold, sophisticated and measured policies which lead to gender equality and to real and lasting and positive change.

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2017 Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic security

2017 Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic security

Policy Submissions

In our submission we stated that in order to remove structural inequalities which segregate our workplace along gender lines and contribute enormously to the gender pay gap there needs to be a complete overhaul of the norms which dictate our working lives.

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2017 1800-RESPECT Domestic and Sexual Violence National Counselling Service Senate Inquiry

2017 1800-RESPECT Domestic and Sexual Violence National Counselling Service Senate Inquiry

Policy Submissions

In our submission, we identified four operating principles which we believe are non-negotiable in the review and ongoing operation of an effective, responsive national counselling service.

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2016 Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council’s Sentencing Guidance Reference Consultations

2016 Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council’s Sentencing Guidance Reference Consultations

Policy Submissions

On 29 January 2016, the Trust submitted a policy submission to the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council on the topic of maximum sentencing penalties for sexual offences, particularly those involving a child.

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2016 Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Consultations

2016 Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Consultations

Policy Submissions

Featuring Trust projects such as Vida’s Voices; Here She is!; Rosie; Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives; and Getting the Balance Right we give a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government to achieve gender equality in Victoria going forward.

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2016 Letter of Support for the Victorian Government Gender Equality Strategy

2016 Letter of Support for the Victorian Government Gender Equality Strategy

Policy Submissions

On 14 November 2016, the Trust sent our endorsement of the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy to 22 Victorian Parliamentarians.

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2016 Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet

2016 Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet

Policy Submissions

Our submission highlighted that education around consent and respectful relationships was the best way to empower young people to navigate a world where the pornography is easily accessible to them and their peers.

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2016 Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill Submission

2016 Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill Submission

Policy Submissions

Our submission expressed concern that the Paid Parental Leave Scheme proposed under the Bill is inadequate to meet the central purposes of the government's scheme. .

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2016 Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Submission

2016 Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Submission

Policy Submissions

This submission focused on the role of men in reducing attitudes which condone violence against women by adopting positive practices and attitudes to advance gender equality in their own lives and amongst their peers and family.

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2016 Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill Endorsement Letter

2016 Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill Endorsement Letter

Policy Submissions

On 21 November, the Trust sent our endorsement of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill 2016 which removes the current requirement that an adult undergo sex affirmation surgery and be unmarried in order to alter the sex recorded in their Victorian birth registration to 31 Victorian Parliamentarians.

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2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Joint Submission

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Joint Submission

Policy Submissions

The Trust joined with SafeSteps, EDVOS, WISHIN and the Safe Futures Foundation to collaborate on a joint submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

Policy Submissions

Our submission focussed on Point 14 of the Discussion Paper provided by the Royal Commission.

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2015 Inquiry into the economic security of women in retirement

2015 Inquiry into the economic security of women in retirement

Policy Submissions

This submission draws on previous research and other initiatives undertaken by the Victorian Women’s Trust over the past decade or more to highlight the issue of young women’s levels of financial literacy and relative disengagement with the superannuation system.

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