Success stories

Queenslanders are already making strides in achieving gender equality. Community organisations and businesses are putting inspired policies and programs in place to boost women's workforce participation and improve their health, wellbeing and economic security. Some examples are shared here.

Toowoomba job seekers unite on OzHarvest food rescue project

Women from different cultural backgrounds have united on a food rescue operation in Toowoomba, helping to tackle food wastage and assist people in need.

Supporting Women in Technology

Women in Technology’s support for women—together with their networking events, awards and Step Up program—is making a real difference to Queensland women. The Step Up Program has supported more than 200 women each year.

Queensland’s remarkable women in resources

With support from the Queensland Resources Council, a Brisbane engineer—whose job description includes regular commutes to Mongolia—was named Queensland’s Exceptional Woman in Resources for 2018.

QMEA’s outcomes at a glance

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy is a highly successful program, placing female students onto pathways into the resources sector and other STEM industries. Read about their outcomes.

Better Together—A shared housing community project for women

Better Together Housing is a program designed to assist women to find independent, shared accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. It helps senior women find suitable accommodation in a safe and secure way.

NRL Cowboys House Girls Campus

NRL Cowboys House Girls Campus provides supported accommodation for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from some of North Queensland’s most remote and educationally disadvantaged communities.

YWCA’s Y Ability program—helping ‘find your possible’

The YWCA’s Y Ability Program is achieving tremendous success in changing the lives of women and girls with a disability. One such success story is securing supported independent living to make her life better.

Zonta—100 years on sharing ideas and empowering women and girls

With support funding by the Queensland Government the 3-day Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Anniversary Conference 2019 celebrated 100 years and saw more than 900 women and girls attend.

QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program for Girls

The Queensland Resources Council, together with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland, work with companies and individuals to champion gender diversity in the resources sector.

YFS delivers R4Respect, a DV prevention model

YFS has been recognised for its successful R4Respect program which aims to prevent anti-social behaviour and violence, as well as empower men and boys to take action to prevent violence against women and girls.

The Handy Guide for Homeless Women

The Handy Guide for Homeless Women has proven to be a great success in providing vital support services for women who are without shelter or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides information to help keep women safe and connected.

Support for female equestrians at Dundowran

Dundowran Equestrian Park (Hervey Bay) Association Inc was funded to construct an amenities block for people with a disability and a parent's room to support female equestrians at Dundowran.

The Waves female-friendly sports facility

Bundaberg Olympian and Commonwealth Games swimmer Michele Pearson welcomed the opening of the purpose-built, female-friendly $1.5 million sports facility at The Waves, with funding from the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game Female Facilities Program.

Shining a light on Queensland’s brightest women in STEM

2019 Queensland Women in STEM Prize (People’s Choice Award) winner, Anu Choudhary, discusses what the award means to her.

Industry empowers women in engineering

Industry partners have thrown their support behind the University of Queensland Women in Engineering program, which has helped achieve a steady increase in women participating in undergraduate engineering studies.

Queensland Women’s Week

The Queensland Government established Queensland Women’s Week in 2016, successfully expanding International Women’s Day celebrations into a week-long, statewide series of events and activities to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions.

Stop the Hurting campaign

The Queensland Government initiated a campaign to raise young Queenslanders’ awareness of domestic and family violence and remove the sense of ‘shame’.


Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, has a deep and long-standing commitment to tackling domestic and family violence.

Deadly Sistas

The Deadly Sistas program helps girls by building their self-esteem and encouraging positive social interactions and healthy choices.

Spice Exchange

The Spice Exchange engages women from diverse cultural backgrounds to create spice blends and condiments reflective of the regions from where they come.


Suncorp, one of Australia’s largest financial services organisations, is leading the way in developing a range of policies to achieve gender and economic equality in the workplace.