Joint Media Release with Minister For Employment/Minister For Women Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
The Coalition Government has launched a key strategy to increase the number of women in the workforce.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Towards 2025: An Australian Government strategy to boost women’s workforce participation outlined the Coalition Government’s roadmap to reduce the gender participation gap by 25 per cent by 2025.
“Getting more women engaged in work is an economic and social priority for the Coalition Government – it’s good for women, families, business and our economy,” Senator Scullion said.
“Boosting women’s workforce participation is essential to raising living standards and securing Australia’s future prosperity. It has the potential to add up to $25 billion to the Australian economy.”
The Towards 2025 strategy addresses the many factors critical to creating the change needed to improve women’s workforce participation and economic independence.
Labour force figures released in June show that under the Coalition Government, women’s employment is at a record high of 5.6 million.
“The workforce gender participation gap is narrowing, but more work needs to be done if we are to achieve our target of reducing the gap by 25 per cent by 2025,” Senator Scullion said.
The Minister for Employment and Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said the Towards 2025 strategy incorporated many of the important initiatives outlined in the 2017–18 Budget that would deliver significant outcomes for Australian women and the economy.
“The Coalition Government’s historic investment of an additional $2.5 billion in child care and $430 million to support universal access to pre-school for all four-year-olds will encourage more than 230,000 families to return to work or increase their paid employment,” Minister Cash said.
An additional $263 million over the next four years will expand the ParentsNext pre-employment programme that helps parents of young children to plan and prepare for work by connecting them with services in their local community.
The Coalition Government also committed $10 million over the next three years to the new Launch into Work programme that is due to begin later this year.
“By delivering practical and innovative programmes like Launch into Work and ParentsNext, coupled with our key reforms and record investment in child care, the Turnbull Government is committed to assisting more women enter, return to or remain in work,” Minister Cash said.
Towards 2025: An Australian Government strategy to boost women’s workforce participation is available at http://womensworkforceparticipation.pmc.gov.au