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eS4W is examining at the issues that are affecting women’s economic security during COVID and post the Federal Government’s budget. We are producing issue papers in consultation with our members and partners as well as short vignettes providing a snap shot of the issues we feel are inhibiting women’s increased workforce participation.

Roselynne Anderson, eS4W’s Chair, commends the following work to you and we implore you to distribute to your membership, advocate for change to policy in these areas from your local Council to State to Federal MPs.

The first in a series of issues that we will be raising and addressing are:

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Childcare:

Affordable and accessible childcare also has a strong and significant positive long run impact on the economy in terms of higher workforce participation and stronger productivity.

The more parents of young children access childcare, the greater are the economic and financial benefits to women and to the economy as a whole. There is a huge volume of academic and other research from around the world that shows this to be the case. Affordable and accessible childcare also has a strong and significant positive long term impact on the economy in terms of higher workforce participation and stronger productivity.
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A gender lens on economic policy including in the budget:

Policy reform is essential when addressing gender imbalances and improving the economic security and wellbeing of Australian women.

Policy reform is essential when addressing gender imbalances and improving the economic security and wellbeing of Australian women. Policy changes are often made through legislation and the removal of impediments to women having the same opportunities as men in all aspects of work and society.

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Workplace Flexibility increases Workforce Participation:

“Flexibility, as with gender equality, is good for everyone”

Workplace flexibility as a means to improve the economic security of women increases the opportunities for women to undertake an optimal amount of paid work. By applying workplace flexibility to the workforce universally, it will increase female workforce participation through a greater share in unpaid work and care.

Read more and download the Issue Papers here