On 2 October 2019 the Victorian Government Public Accounts and Estimates Committee launched a new public inquiry into the way the state government budget addresses gender equality. The Committee’s inquiry will examine how gender responsive budgeting at the state level can help to address inequality.
VWT’s intention in writing the submission is to endorse Gender Equity Victoria’s (GEN VIC) submission to this inquiry as a member organisation and also outline briefly some of our own learning to supplement GENVIC’s submission.
Gender responsive budgeting is a crucial opportunity to deliver better outcomes for women and non binary individuals into the future. With the right resources and policy commitment, an economic gender lens should result in expert tweaking of economic and fiscal policy to deliver tailored policy solutions for enduring financial inequities for women, non binary individuals and their children.
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.
Learn more about the Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Inquiry here.
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