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Office for Women

About us

How we started

The Premier's Council for Women, comprising leaders of various fields, was created in December 2002 to provide leadership and advice to ensure that the interests and needs of women are at the forefront of the South Australian Government's policies and strategies.

Established by the Premier and the Minister for the Status of Women, the Council takes an active role in influencing the policy agenda for South Australian women.

Who we are

The Council's members are influential women with expertise in a range of areas such as health, education, disability, business, government, social policy, agribusiness and the arts and include Aboriginal women and women from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The Office for Women provides executive support to the Premier's Council for Women.

Biography of members

What we do

The Premier's Council for Women works at a strategic level to effect change. Specifically its role is to:

  • advise the Premier and Minister for the Status of Women
  • advocate on behalf of women
  • inform itself about issues affecting women
  • monitor how policies and programs impact on women
  • partner with other organisations
  • influence by providing relevant, strategic information about the impact of gender.

The Council is dedicated to continuous improvement and effective action. It commits time and effort to considering which issues to take on and how to exercise influence, make an impact and assess the impact of its actions.

Our priorities

In 2014 the Premier's Council for Women surveyed women across South Australia to identify priority areas. This resulted in the Council developing a work plan to respond to areas the survey found are of priority to South Australian women.

Key issues for 2014-2018 include:

1. Connecting to women in South Australia

2. Violence against women

  • raise awareness about the nature of violence against women and underlying issues (gender equality)
  • change attitudes about 'the worth of a woman'

3. Workplace flexibility

  • continue to promote Words into Action
  • change attitudes about workplace flexibility

4. Women and leadership

  • promote women in sport and non-traditional industries of employment
  • support women in rural and remote regions in leadership

Terms of reference

The role and responsibilities of the Premier's Council for Women are to:

  • Provide expert policy advice to the South Australian Government on identified policy and program issues and create positive outcomes for South Australian women;
  • Provide recommendations, information and advice to the Premier, the Minister for the Status of Women and the Office for Women, to facilitate a whole of Government approach to ensuring that programs and services match women's needs;
  • Monitor all Government policies and programs related to women and measures of women's progress against set indicators;
  • Develop strategies for dealing with the causes of inequalities for women and to provide leadership to influence and shape women's policy;
  • Develop and maintain appropriate consultation/engagement mechanisms - across Government, with the community and with stakeholders that ensure a broad based, inclusive process;
  • Provide advice and information to the Office for Women to assist in research activities;
  • Assist the Office for Women to achieve the goals of Office for Women led strategies such as Achieving Women's Equality;
  • Report once a year to the Premier and the Minister for the Status of Women.

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16 May 2017
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