Economic security

The big issues

The financial facts for women in the workforce are alarming. For example, women currently earn about 84 cents for every dollar earned by men. Higher rates of part-time work and time spent out of the workforce drive women’s earnings down even further. These factors all contribute to lower lifetime earnings and significantly reduced superannuation.

This means women experience more financial insecurity during retirement, and are less likely to achieve economic independence. Economic insecurity can also contribute to women being at greater risk of inadequate housing and homelessness.

The big economic security issues for Queensland women are:

  • gender pay gap
  • women’s financial literacy and capability
  • the retirement income gap between women and men
  • women’s and girls’ participation in traditionally male-dominated fields of study
  • financial recognition of domestic work and traditionally female-dominated industries, including teaching, early childhood education and care, nursing and community services
  • women’s vulnerability to inadequate or unaffordable housing and homelessness.

Women’s financial disadvantage and economic insecurity have far-reaching impacts that can span generations. As women continue to be the primary carers of children, it is important to consider the wider effects of women’s poverty on their children.

Recent initiatives across the private and public sectors to improve women’s economic security are reaping great benefits. All this helps contribute to achieving the G20 goal of reducing the gender gap in workforce participation by 25% by 2025. But there is more to be done.

Snapshot of what government is doing

  • Implementing the Digital Careers - Girls in Technology program to increase women’s participation in information technology.
  • Providing housing and support for women at risk of insecure housing, including specialist homelessness services.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of gender equity and equality of economic security through the Queensland Public Sector inclusion and diversity commitment.
  • Increasing the participation of women and men in the public service workforce by embedding flexible work arrangements and other gender-friendly policies such as domestic and family violence leave.

Actions and initiatives

The Queensland Women's Strategy proposed a range of actions that would progress gender equality in Queensland.

Commitments made by the Queensland Government, community and private sector partners to deliver on these proposals are listed below each proposed action.

  • Continue to facilitate Queensland Parks and Wildlife Women’s Network, focused on building relationships between female rangers and providing capability development
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Environment and Science
  • Continue to progress Women in Resources Action Plan, which includes a 20 per cent target for women in ‘non-traditional’ roles by 2020 (from the current rate of 12 per cent, up from 6 per cent in 2006)
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Deliver Annual International Women’s Day awards to celebrate and promote the profile of women in the resources sector to provide ambassadors and role models, particularly to girls and women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Encourage young people, and particularly girls to consider resources sector and STEM careers through Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, a partnership with government and education providers and member companies
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Provide industry workshops, networking events, promotional activities to trigger cultural change and increase the numbers of women across all levels of the construction industry – engineers, architects, project managements, lawyers
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Provide Crystal Vision Awards to showcase the industry advancements and achievements of women in construction in Queensland, via corporate sponsorships
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Provide mentoring programs for women who are new to the construction industry
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Support the delivery of the Women and Firefighting Australasia's sixth biennial conference, providing women firefighters with informative presentations, hands-on workshops, mentoring and career advice.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to access employment in the mining sector through ‘Sisters in Mining’ which involves pre-employment training (Certificate III in Surface Extraction), an 18-month traineeship, and transitioning the participants into ongoing employment with the company
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsThiess Pty LtdQueensland resources sector
  • Provide a range of professional and leadership activities to increase the participation of women and girls in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers and leadership through the Equation for Equity Program
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameResource Industry Network
  • Deliver the Females in Trades program providing mentoring and a general support network to female apprentices.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameEast Coast Apprenticeships
  • Encourage female singer-songwriters from regional Queensland to dream big, while sharing vital skills that could launch new careers through the Songs That Made Me program.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Music FestivalArts Queensland
  • Support the development of a more diverse IT workforce with a primary focus of supporting girls into studies and careers in IT through the Tech Girl Movement
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTech Girls Movement
  • Increase the UQ undergraduate engineering female enrolment to 30 per cent by 2023 through the Women in Engineering program and cement UQ’s position as the university of choice for women studying engineering in Australia.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameUniversity of Queensland
  • Deliver the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition to provide girls across the Asia Pacific the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTech Girls Movement
  • Deliver the Women into the workforce and cyclone economic recovery program aimed at creating sustainable and interesting real estate roles for women of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Century 21 Property Specialists
  • Facilitate initiatives to increase the number of female nominations for Order of Australia Awards Program.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Provide initiaties that remove barriers for female screen practitioners to ensure more diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Initiatives available: Women's Filmmaker Showcase, Mentor and Leadership Program and IncubatHER.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameScreen Queensland
  • Produce a documentary series that will follow the stories of women who play in the Queensland Maroons as they strive for State of Origin glory. The series will be produced in partnership between Screen Queensland, Queensland Rugby League and created by an all-female Queensland crew.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameScreen Queensland
  • Deliver support for women to gain confidence and knowledge to help them climb up the corporate ladder in their chosen resources sector careers. Half of those surveyed said the program was directly responsible for a promotion.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Provide women with an alternative rideshare service that is safe, convenient and run by women, for all women and children. Catching a Shebah means knowing that your little ones are in safe hands; sitting in the front seat of the car without feeling vulnerable; supporting women and so much more.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameShebah All Women Rideshare
  • Provide financial support to women in the construction industry to support them entering apprenticeship or University level and also advancing their careers to senior or board level. Supported by industry through corporate partner sponsorships.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Implement a Gender Balance Reference Group led by an Executive and supported by a committee made up primarily of senior leaders. Its focus is to implement and execute initiatives to support the achievement of gender balance at Aurizon. It also creates advocacy across the organisation. The main areas of focus are Attraction, Engagement and Retention of women plus addressing the gender pay gap.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameAurizon
  • Contribute to Brisbane as a vibrant and culturally inclusive, creative community, while providing equal opportunity, equitable employment and ongoing development opportunities for women in the art and design industry .
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Brisbane Art Matriarchs, The Culprit Club, Griffith University, Brisbane City Council
  • Deliver the Women in Agri-Tech project which aims to create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. A series of agri-tech learning modules will be made available on the website to inspire and build capacity in female students to encourage them to consider further study or a career in the agri-tech sector.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: CQ University
  • Implement the recommendation from the Review of the industrial relations framework in Queensland that the Public Service Commissioner initiate a general review of pay equity in the Queensland Public Sector (Recommendation 36)
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation namePublic Service CommissionQueensland Treasury
  • Review and adapt the gender pay gap self-audit tool to support government organisations to review existing policies and practices, to ensure equal pay between men and women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation namePublic Service CommissionDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Undertake gender pay equity reviews to remove any gender imbalance in reward outcomes by identifying cases where inequity exists and ensuring action is taken to address the inequity
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameSuncorp Group
  • Host a dialogue on equal pay as part of an event during the 2017 Queensland Women’s Week, in partnership with private sector and industry partners
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenQueensland TreasuryPublic Service Commission
  • Investigate options to address the retirement gender income gap, with reference to the Australian Government Senate Economics References Committee report on the economic security of women in retirement
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenQueensland Treasury
  • Host a biannual day-long symposium, affectionately known as wEDGE: workshop in Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment. The workshops promote discussion among scholars and practitioners interested in related workplace issues of national and international importance.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGriffith University
  • Implement the recommendation from the Review of the industrial relations framework in Queensland that the Public Service Commissioner initiate a general review of pay equity in the Queensland Public Sector (Recommendation 36)
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation namePublic Service CommissionQueensland Treasury
  • Review and adapt the gender pay gap self-audit tool to support government organisations to review existing policies and practices, to ensure equal pay between men and women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation namePublic Service CommissionDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Undertake gender pay equity reviews to remove any gender imbalance in reward outcomes by identifying cases where inequity exists and ensuring action is taken to address the inequity
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameSuncorp Group
  • Host a dialogue on equal pay as part of an event during the 2017 Queensland Women’s Week, in partnership with private sector and industry partners
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenQueensland TreasuryPublic Service Commission
  • Investigate options to address the retirement gender income gap, with reference to the Australian Government Senate Economics References Committee report on the economic security of women in retirement
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenQueensland Treasury
  • Deliver the Annual Forum of Women and Homelessness to:
    * identify and talk about the key challenges that the sector is experiencing
    * bring together experts to provide relevant advice and updates on issues
    * provide a platform for improved collaboration on issues
    * share new ideas that can be leveraged to improve the lives of the women that have become or are about to become homeless.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameLady Musgrave Trust
  • Provide financial counselling, continued emergency relief, further financial literacy and Good Money shops (an alternative to payday lenders) to vulnerable Queenslanders including women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Communities, Disability Services and SeniorsGood Shepherd Microfinance
  • Deliver a tailored, female-focused education program in partnership with the wider community, which includes:
    • Deliver superannuation seminars and financial literacy presentations
    • Develop publicly available boutique materials relating to superannuation
    • Provide opportunities for non-QSuper members to attend women-specific seminars
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Undertake research and advise the Queensland Government on policies to improve women’s superannuation outcomes
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenQSuper
  • Implement the 'Assisting New Parents Scheme' that provides monetary and non-monetary benefits to parents returning to work after parental leave. A key component is the ‘Super Booster’, superannuation paid on unpaid parental leave up to 14 weeks, to help address superannuation gender inequities at retirement due to breaks from paid employment.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameAurizon
  • Increases girls and young women’s financial capability, financial resilience and independence through the Guide Your Money program
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Deliver tailored Steps to Financial Confidence Program tools, support and accountability for women to feel empowered and in control of their personal finances and develop a deep understanding of the importance of a positive money mindset.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTalking Money
  • Deliver the JTWomenToLead program to increase women’s participation in the workforce and reduce the gender gap in the following targeted areas: young women, mature women returning to the workforce, Indigenous women, and industries of sport, politics, business, mining and more. Program topics include self-belief, leadership, teamwork, holding the ladder up for each other, boldness, shining the light on other women, brilliance, confidence, goal setting, career goals and planning.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJohnathan Thurston Academy
  • Provide support to women through Global Sisters to be financially independent and stand tall. We provide a genuine alternative for women who are unable to participate in mainstream employment. By removing the barriers they commonly face, we make self-employment a viable option. We provide women with the tools, networks and resources to establish or grow a business.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGlobal Sisters
  • Implement the Hand Up project, a social investment, shared responsibilities model in the provision of safe housing and services for women and children exiting domestic and family violence
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Queensland
  • Develop responses as part of a single, accessible and integrated homelessness and housing assistance system, which focuses on the needs of vulnerable women, including elderly women and single mothers and people affected by domestic and family violence
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Provide assistance to young women in accessing housing and accommodation through the H2H program
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Provide the Brisbane Handy Guide for Homeless Women to assist women at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness to find appropriate services.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameLady Musgrave Trust
  • Deliver the Annual Forum of Women and Homelessness to:
    * identify and talk about the key challenges that the sector is experiencing
    * bring together experts to provide relevant advice and updates on issues
    * provide a platform for improved collaboration on issues
    * share new ideas that can be leveraged to improve the lives of the women that have become or are about to become homeless.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameLady Musgrave Trust
  • Provide The Handy Guide for Homeless Women in Regional Queensland to assist women at risk of, or experiencing homelessness to find appropriate services.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameLady Musgrave Trust
  • Implement the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 to support Queenslanders access safe, secure and affordable housing that meets their needs and enables participation in the social and economic life of Queensland.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Deliver a Better Together Housing Program to assist senior women find independent shared safe and secure accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Sundale in partnership with Coast2Bay
  • Deliver a training package to improve the competency of tenants, including women to sustain a tenancy. The training covers rights and responsibilities, effective communication with landlords, cleaning and managing household finances.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameInCommunity Inc
  • Deliver the Transition 2 Success program to help young people, including young women who are over 15 years old and in the youth justice system or considered at risk of entering it. T2S helps young people lower their risk of offending by engaging with education, training and employment in a local community setting.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Youth Justice
  • Deliver the BE Ready Program to support women, particularly those at risk of domestic and family violence, isolation, mature age and women wanting to return to the workforce by providing an opportunity to complete an intensive “BE Ready” educational and empowerment course together with the completion of FSK10213 – Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways. This will support them to achieve employment or further study pathways.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameThe Centre for Women & Co Ltd
  • Develop a 'toolkit' to help stop mature women becoming homeless, before they each crisis point. When organisations, including industries such as finance, law or housing spot warning signs of homelessness, the project will deliver the means to help first responders and women at risk.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland University of Technology
  • Deliver the housing and support initiative Next Step Home, for women on parole in South East and North Queensland.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Implement the Hand Up project, a social investment, shared responsibilities model in the provision of safe housing and services for women and children exiting domestic and family violence
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Queensland
  • Implement the Queensland Financial Inclusion Action Plan to support Queenslanders, including women, towards a strong and resilient financial future
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
  • Deliver tailored Steps to Financial Confidence Program tools, support and accountability for women to feel empowered and in control of their personal finances and develop a deep understanding of the importance of a positive money mindset.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTalking Money
  • Deliver a training package to improve the competency of tenants, including women to sustain a tenancy. The training covers rights and responsibilities, effective communication with landlords, cleaning and managing household finances.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameInCommunity Inc
  • Deliver the Transition 2 Success program to help young people, including young women who are over 15 years old and in the youth justice system or considered at risk of entering it. T2S helps young people lower their risk of offending by engaging with education, training and employment in a local community setting.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Youth Justice
  • Support the delivery of the Women and Firefighting Australasia's sixth biennial conference, providing women firefighters with informative presentations, hands-on workshops, mentoring and career advice.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Implement an economic participation strategy to increase economic participation outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, including women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to access employment in the mining sector through ‘Sisters in Mining’ which involves pre-employment training (Certificate III in Surface Extraction), an 18-month traineeship, and transitioning the participants into ongoing employment with the company
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsThiess Pty LtdQueensland resources sector
  • Support the transformation of the lives of Indigenous women in business through the Tiddas in Business online platform. The aim is to support one another, learn from each other and share the business journey together.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMurawin
  • Continue to facilitate Queensland Parks and Wildlife Women’s Network, focused on building relationships between female rangers and providing capability development
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Environment and Science
  • Continue to progress Women in Resources Action Plan, which includes a 20 per cent target for women in ‘non-traditional’ roles by 2020 (from the current rate of 12 per cent, up from 6 per cent in 2006)
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Deliver Annual International Women’s Day awards to celebrate and promote the profile of women in the resources sector to provide ambassadors and role models, particularly to girls and women
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Encourage young people, and particularly girls to consider resources sector and STEM careers through Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, a partnership with government and education providers and member companies
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Resources Council
  • Provide industry workshops, networking events, promotional activities to trigger cultural change and increase the numbers of women across all levels of the construction industry – engineers, architects, project managements, lawyers
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Provide Crystal Vision Awards to showcase the industry advancements and achievements of women in construction in Queensland, via corporate sponsorships
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Provide mentoring programs for women who are new to the construction industry
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Association of Women in Construction Queensland
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to access employment in the mining sector through ‘Sisters in Mining’ which involves pre-employment training (Certificate III in Surface Extraction), an 18-month traineeship, and transitioning the participants into ongoing employment with the company
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsThiess Pty LtdQueensland resources sector
  • Provide a range of professional and leadership activities to increase the participation of women and girls in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers and leadership through the Equation for Equity Program
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameResource Industry Network
  • Deliver the Females in Trades program providing mentoring and a general support network to female apprentices.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameEast Coast Apprenticeships
  • Encourage female singer-songwriters from regional Queensland to dream big, while sharing vital skills that could launch new careers through the Songs That Made Me program.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Music FestivalArts Queensland
  • Support the development of a more diverse IT workforce with a primary focus of supporting girls into studies and careers in IT through the Tech Girl Movement
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTech Girls Movement
  • Increase the UQ undergraduate engineering female enrolment to 30 per cent by 2023 through the Women in Engineering program and cement UQ’s position as the university of choice for women studying engineering in Australia.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameUniversity of Queensland
  • Deliver the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition to provide girls across the Asia Pacific the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTech Girls Movement
  • Provide initiaties that remove barriers for female screen practitioners to ensure more diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Initiatives available: Women's Filmmaker Showcase, Mentor and Leadership Program and IncubatHER.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameScreen Queensland
  • Produce a documentary series that will follow the stories of women who play in the Queensland Maroons as they strive for State of Origin glory. The series will be produced in partnership between Screen Queensland, Queensland Rugby League and created by an all-female Queensland crew.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameScreen Queensland
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to access employment in the mining sector through ‘Sisters in Mining’ which involves pre-employment training (Certificate III in Surface Extraction), an 18-month traineeship, and transitioning the participants into ongoing employment with the company
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsThiess Pty LtdQueensland resources sector
  • Deliver the Care2Achieve program to support young women leaving state care to access higher education
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenThe Smith Family
  • Deliver the #In2Work program to assist young women to transition into the workforce or training.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Support the development of a more diverse IT workforce with a primary focus of supporting girls into studies and careers in IT through the Tech Girl Movement
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameTech Girls Movement
  • Increases girls and young women’s financial capability, financial resilience and independence through the Guide Your Money program
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Deliver the Annual Forum of Women and Homelessness to:
    * identify and talk about the key challenges that the sector is experiencing
    * bring together experts to provide relevant advice and updates on issues
    * provide a platform for improved collaboration on issues
    * share new ideas that can be leveraged to improve the lives of the women that have become or are about to become homeless.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameLady Musgrave Trust
  • Implement the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 to support Queenslanders access safe, secure and affordable housing that meets their needs and enables participation in the social and economic life of Queensland.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Deliver an annual two day Migrant Women's Toolkit workshop specifically created to help support all migrant women in Mackay, especially those newly arrived and those in cross-cultural or inter-racial relationships. The workshop aims to provide essential information, upskilling, connectedness and help in the acquisition of basic skills and know-how for migrant women to be able to adapt or assimilate quicker into the Australian way of life.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameThe Neighbourhood Hub
  • Provide the NRL Cowboys Girls' Campus to give young women whose communities offer less opportunities because of their remoteness, a real chance to achieve their full potential. It provides young women a supportive place to live while having access to education and training.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameCowboys Community Foundation
  • Deliver the JTWomenToLead program to increase women’s participation in the workforce and reduce the gender gap in the following targeted areas: young women, mature women returning to the workforce, Indigenous women, and industries of sport, politics, business, mining and more. Program topics include self-belief, leadership, teamwork, holding the ladder up for each other, boldness, shining the light on other women, brilliance, confidence, goal setting, career goals and planning.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJohnathan Thurston Academy
  • Coordinate the Centre For Women & Co. Scholarship Fund, commencing 1 January 2020, which will have 4 categories and is funded with the donations received each year – totalling $10,000. There is an Academic Scholarship, Start-up/Small Business Scholarship, On Your Own Two Feet Scholarship and Nominate a Friend category.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2- Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameThe Centre for Women & Co Ltd
  • Deliver the BE Ready Program to support women, particularly those at risk of domestic and family violence, isolation, mature age and women wanting to return to the workforce by providing an opportunity to complete an intensive “BE Ready” educational and empowerment course together with the completion of FSK10213 – Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways. This will support them to achieve employment or further study pathways.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameThe Centre for Women & Co Ltd
  • Implement the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Program for female students in Years 7 to 12 to encourage students to remain in school and actively engage in education until completion of Year 12. The program aims to provide relationship-based in-school mentoring, intensive case management to support low attendance, and wellbeing support to increase retention rates and levels of attainment.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Education
  • Partner with Role Models and Leaders Australia to deliver the Girls Academy in Cherbourg and Murgon State Schools to provide targeted engagement incentives for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to remain in school and actively engage in education until completion of Year 12. The program aims to to provide relationship-based in-school mentoring, intensive case management to support low attendance, and wellbeing support to increase retention rates and levels of attainment.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Education
  • Provide a range of bursaries to support female students for their tertiary education, including:
    • a bursary of $1000 in 2020 to an Indigenous female student, enrolled at University of Sunshine Coast
    • an annual bursary to a female student graduating from the STEMM program at Burnside State High School, who is enrolled at the University of Sunshine Coast
    • an annual bursary ($1500) for a refugee girl currently enrolled in tertiary studies
    • bursaries for up to 4 female students exiting Milpera State High School, one per term ($250 per term)
    • annual bursaries (3 x $1500) to female students enrolled full-time or
      part-time in the second, third or fourth year of their undergraduate degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGraduate Women QLD Inc. Sunshine Coast Branch
  • Support the skill development of female prisoners at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre through various programs to help their opportunities to secure employment after release, including:
    • a Certificate II Furniture Making Pathways course: participants constructed possum boxes as part of their course and sewed joey pouches for donation to the RSPCA
    • opportunities for female prisoners to gain skills in the manufacture of light gauge steel frames and trusses for both residential and commercial use in partnership with Australian Framing Solutions, which facilitate vocational training in computer-aided design and detailing.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Corrective ServicesRSPCAAustralian Framing Solutions
  • Offer ‘Shared Care’ initiative, providing six months’ paid parental leave at half pay to both male and female parents, and incentivising female employees to return to work and share full-time care with their partner in the first year of a child’s life
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameAurizon
  • Use Diversity and Inclusion Council and annual diversity and inclusion survey to understand and address cultural issues (stigma) which inhibit male employees from working flexibly
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • Open up all positions to the possibility of flexibility and remove barriers (such as timesheets) and increase access to mobile technology to allow this to occur
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • Provide free confidential support services to help vulnerable women with work-related matters
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Education (Office of Industrial Relations)Working Women Queensland
  • Implement a Gender Balance Reference Group led by an Executive and supported by a committee made up primarily of senior leaders. Its focus is to implement and execute initiatives to support the achievement of gender balance at Aurizon. It also creates advocacy across the organisation. The main areas of focus are Attraction, Engagement and Retention of women plus addressing the gender pay gap.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameAurizon
  • Host a biannual day-long symposium, affectionately known as wEDGE: workshop in Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment. The workshops promote discussion among scholars and practitioners interested in related workplace issues of national and international importance.
    Priority Area: Economic security, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGriffith University