The six National Women’s Alliances will receive $4.8 million over three years to 2016 to continue bringing forward the views, voices and issues of a diverse array of Australian women to Government.
The National Women’s Alliances now represent more than 180 women’s organisations, with each Alliance focusing on a distinct issue or stakeholder group.
The economic Security4Women (eS4W) focuses on improving women’s economic security and financial independence; the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) addresses gender equality and leadership issues; and the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) looks at issues of women’s safety and the elimination of violence.
While the Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA advocates on behalf of immigrant and refugee women; the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) provides Indigenous women a voice in Government decision-making; and the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) represents women in rural and regional Australia.
In February 2013 the Hon Julie Collins MP announced ongoing funding for the existing six Alliances from 1 July 2013- 30 June 2016 in response to key recommendations in the independent review of the Alliance Program undertaken by Urbis in late 2012.
The key recommendation from the Urbis Review is that based on their demonstrated successes against the program objectives, the Australian Government continue to fund the Alliances model through the existing six Alliances; and that additional funding for each Alliance be provided, to enable them to recruit experienced paid staff, and to continue to strengthen their engagement with the networks and members.
More information about the National Women’s Alliance is on the FaHCSIA website.