DSS helps contribute to a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children in Australia, through the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) in partnership with state and territory governments and other key stakeholders, and the delivery of the Support for Trafficked People programme.
Violence against women is one of the most serious causes and consequences of inequality, and one of the key risk factors for women entering poverty and disadvantage. Through the National Plan, including its programmes, grants and research, DSS works with the Office for Women and with other portfolios across government to advance gender equality and improve the status and wellbeing of women in Australia.
As a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order released 18 September 2013, the Australian Government Office for Women is part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This is to ensure a whole of government approach to providing better economic and social outcomes for women.