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Women make up just over half of the Queensland population at 50.2 percent, although the ratio of gender balance differs according to where people live across the state. Despite this, gender inequality persists across our communities. Women still face signficant barriers to full participation in the social, economic and cultural opportunities of Queensland society. Addressing gender inequality benefits everyone in the community. Some significant areas of inequality include:

  • The pay gap between men and women in Queensland is unacceptably high at 18 percent;
  • Women are less likely to be in positions of leadership (including boards of managment); 
  • Women are more likely to work in a narrow field of lower paid occupations;
  • Women are primarily responsible for unpaid domestic work and caring for dependants;
  • Women are the primary victims of domestic and family violence, sexual offences, and stalking.

A report undertaken by the Queensland government Office for Women examines and highlights the key issues for women across Queensland, particularly those most vulnerable across a range of domains including: Demographics, Safety, Education and training, Employment and economic security, Leadership, Housing, Health and wellbeing. Queensland Women 2015, details the groups of women most likely to experience greater disadvantage by exploring contributing factors such as age, disability, locations of residence and cultural background. It provides a solid base of data on which to understand the equality of impact and outcomes on women.  

QCOSS has also undertaken work to understand the wellbeing of Queenslander's and highlighting the experiences of women through a range of indicators including: Safe, Healthy, Adequate standard of living, Personal Relationships, Community Connections, Achieving in life and Secure for the Future.

The Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21 provides a framework for action to achieve gender equality in Queensland with a range of priority areas, including: 

Queensland is home to the first peak body in Australia, Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ),  that provides a united voice across all three areas of the women's sector: Sexual violence, Women's health and Domestic and Family Violence.  

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Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $3,000 to deliver events, projects or activities during Queensland Women's Week 2018 (3 to 11 March 2018). The events, projects and activities should inspire the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and...
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Queensland Government media release Domestic and family violence services in Moranbah and Clermont will be boosted with an extra $1.01 million in Queensland Government funding for counselling and court support. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman visited...
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Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
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Applications for The Smith Family's Care2Achieve Scholarship for young women leaving care are now open. The program offers 50 young women, aged 17 to 21 years, looking to pursue education as they transition from care up to $3,500 to attain a Certificate 3 or higher at a Queensland TAFE or...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government today released the Women’s Budget Statement in recognition of the important contribution of women to the state’s economic future. Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman released the Women’s Budget Statement at the ANROWS National Symposium...
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Queensland Government media release Sexual assault victims in Townsville will continue to have access to 24/7 support, with a funding boost for the North Queensland Combined Women’s Services, known as the Women’s Centre. The Women’s Centre will receive $340,000 per year for the next two years, so...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
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Queensland Government media release Women and girls will be encouraged to get more active through round three of the Queensland Government’s Get Out, Get Active program. Sport Minister Mick de Brenni and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today invited submissions for the program, with a total...
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Queensland Women’s Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls. Everyone has a role to play in creating a supportive and inclusive environment where women and girls can succeed. This year Queensland Women’s Week celebrations will be held from 6 to 12 March with...

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The Queensland Women's Health Network continues the tradition of women pursuing the health interests of women. It begins with recognition of the dignity of all women and builds on the commitment of all those who have worked to improve women's health in Australian society. The Network was formed in...
World Health Organisation (WHO) Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people...
The Australian Women's Health Network (AWHN) is a health promotion advocacy organisation that provides a national voice on women’s health. AWHN has representatives from across Australia in all States and Territories with a membership base which includes organisations and individuals.
Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Ending Violence Against Women Queensland Peak Body provides a representative and united voice for Queensland women and children affected by gender-based violence, and the individuals and service agencies that provide specialist support. EVAWQ believe that: Violence against women and children is...
Read about the Office for Women's priorities for Queensland women and girls in 2012. See Queensland Women at a Glance for a monthly statistical snapshot of Queensland women’s workforce participation, pay, education and training and leadership status. FIND OUT MORE: click here
IWSS works with women and children of non-English speaking background who are or have been in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Website: www.iwss.org.au Sexual Assault Program: 07 3846 5400 Domestic Violence Program: 07 3846 3490
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
PeakCare is the peak organisation for Child Protection and Family Support agencies in Queensland. www.peakcare.com.au Peak Care Professional Practise blog
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Queensland government Departmnet of Communities, Child Safety and Disability, Office for Women has developed a Gender analysis toolkit . Gender analysis is a set of processes used to assess and deepen understanding about: the differences in the lives of women and men; their participation in...
Researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre have developed evidence-based resources to assist primary healthcare providers in supporting pregnant women who use alcohol and other drugs. Evidence shows that well-coordinated and comprehensive support with early access to antenatal...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) recently undertook a project through its Women's Advisory Committee, to explore and share the amazing stories of Australian women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Prepared in inter-generational pairs,...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
Qld Rural Women’s Network State Conference: Queensland Rural Women’s Network Phone: 1300 795-571 Fax: 1300 795-516 Reclaim the Night: Reclaim the Night is a global women’s protest against men’s sexual violence on the last Friday in October each year. Website: www.isis.aust.com/rtn...
Queensland Working Women's Service: Free, confidential and supportive service assisting women with work-related matters. Brisbane: 07 3211 1440 or 1800 621 458 from anywhere in Queensland
Queensland Police Service - Domestic Violence Website: www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/adultassault Queensland Health - Sexual Assult Support Services Website: www.health.qld.gov.au/sexualassault/html/contact.asp Legal Aid Qld Website: www.legalaid.qld.gov.au Women’s Legal Service...

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Queensland Criminal Code Act 1899 Queensland Criminal Code 1899, sections 224, 225 and 226 [2] Source Children by Choic e Section 224. Any person who, with intent to procure the miscarriage of a woman, whether she is or is not with child, unlawfully administers to her or causes her to take any...
An Act to abolish the dependent domicile of married women and otherwise to reform the law relating to domicile
An Act to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct .
Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 The previous Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, created additional legal protection for people in relationships experiencing domestic and family violence, as a violation of their human rights. It...
The Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) is Commonwealth legislation that has adapted to the changing nature and role of families since its inception. An overview of the amendments of the legislation can be found here . In 2011, the definition of family violence was expanded in the FLA to include coercion and...
All service providers operating in Queensland are required to comply with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 . The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has jurisdiction to hear and decide complaints about contraventions of this Act. Frequently Asked Questions There are also...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...

The Womens Centre Cairns is a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. Drawing funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Department of Housing and Public...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, QCOSS

Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all...

Logan women
Author: 
Stacey Ross, Manager of Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Stacey Ross from the Logan Women's Health & Wellbeing Centre gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients.

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Author: 
Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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