Welcome to the Community Door portal on women and women's services. 

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.  

Now in its fifth year, The Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) surveyed more than 1,600 clients across Australia. The report revealed “disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in Australia”, showing that some disadvantaged Australians are living on just $17 a day. “...
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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
Domestic and family violence is an issue that can extend to the workplace, affecting staff safety, wellbeing, attendance and performance. An increasing number of businesses and organisations are realising they must play a role in supporting staff who are affected. Some of the ways workplaces can...
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of domestic and family violence. Get involved by attending a local event or hosting one of your own. All over the state — in our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, neighbourhoods and communities —...
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The QUT Business School is offering two scholarships to women employed by non-government organisations (NGOs) to support students in the Public Sector Management Program. Designed in consultation with the governments of Australia, the program develops management skills in the business of government...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment. QCOSS’ Queensland’s wellbeing 2016...
The 2016 National Council of Women Queensland Bursary Applications are now open, with 26 bursaries on offer. Applications open Monday 15th February, and will close on Monday 4th April. Bursaries are available for those enrolled in secondary or tertiary study, with $1,000 to $1,100 awarded to each...
A new report on older Australian women from Monash University shows half a million older Australian women are living in long-term income poverty, and calls for urgent affordable seniors housing. Losing a job, becoming ill or injured, the breakup of a marriage or death of a spouse – these are among...
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Q Shelter has launched Housing Matters to Her - an online exhibition highlighting the remarkable contribution women have made to the housing and homelessness assistance industry. Q Shelter interviewed eleven women across all levels of the housing and homelessness assistance industry. The women...

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