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Our Policy Submissions

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

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

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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2016 Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill Submission

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 Births, Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill Endorsement Letter

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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2016 Letter of Support for the Victorian Government Gender Equality Strategy

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 Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Submission

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 Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Consultations

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

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 Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council’s Sentencing Guidance Reference Consultations

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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2015 Inquiry into the economic security of women in retirement

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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2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

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

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