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At the Office for Women we often hear about initiatives, programs and events that are of benefit to women. In order to enhance the lives of South Australian women, we regularly collect and mail out links to these items in our Office for Women eNews. This eNews is open to members of the community with an interest in promoting women's empowerment and inclusion.

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Office for Women eNews - 22 May 2020

Office for Women eNews - 22 May 2020

Office for Women eNews - 22 May 2020

Reports and Resources

Leading on Gender Equality During COVID-19

The Male Champions of Change have worked with its members to develop a practical resource for leading on gender equality during COVID-19. It aims to help ensure hard won shifts on gender equality are not lost as organisations respond to the early stages of the crisis.

The resource focuses on five key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Accountability during change
  • Flexible work
  • Physical, mental and emotional well-being of employees
  • Domestic and family violence support

Work is also underway on strategies for advancing gender equality through the recovery and rebuild phases.

Access the resource here

Gendered Impact of COVID-19

As the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19 is ongoing, the impacts and effects are still being assessed and understood. However, preliminary research and emerging data show that women are likely to be affected in particular ways by this global pandemic.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is monitoring the emerging data and noting areas where more research may be required to understand more fully the impact of COVID-19 on issues related to workplace gender equality in Australia and across the world.

View the WGEA research here.

Understanding the rising trend in female labour force participation

Using a rare combination of data and modelling capacity available in Australia, this research uses a new decomposition approach to explain rising female labour force participation since the mid-1990s. The approach identifies, for the first time, the role of tax and transfer policy reforms as well as three other factors that have been shown to matter by earlier studies.

View the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute research here.


How will COVID-19 reshape the way women work?

2pm AEST (1.30pm SA Time) 26 May 2020 (Australia British Chamber of Commerce)  $20

Women make up the highest percentage of employees in the healthcare, hospitality and education sectors, all of which have taken severe economic hits.

In this Webinar, Libby Lyons - Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Rebecca Cassels - Associate Professor, Head of Research Impact and Engagement at Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, will discuss the opportunities and challenges for women post COVID-19 including workplace relations issues such as pay gaps, child care, flexible work, socio-cultural changes, training and work-life balance. Daniel Smith, Executive Director & Founder at CGM Communications will lead the discussion.

Register here

International engagement on women’s human rights and gender equality

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm AEST (12.30 SA time) 1 June 2020 (Economic Security4Women) FREE

This FREE live webinar will introduce the main current processes (the Commission on the Status of Women, the Beijing Platform for Action 25 year review and Generation Equality) and update participants on where these processes are up to, as well as opportunities to get involved. Join Panelists:

  • Carole Shaw, economic Security4Women & Asia Pacific Women's Watch
  • Romy Listo, Equality Rights Alliance
  • Bobbie Trower, YWCA Australia
  • Dorinda Cox, Civil Society Representative on the Australian Delegation to Beijing+25 Regional Asia Pacific CSO Forum

Register here

The future of workplace flexibility: how work-life will be reimagined post COVID

1pm AEST (12.20pm SA Time) 2 June 2020 (Parents at Work) FREE

With remote work radically reshaping how we work and live and organisations busily planning to welcome employees back to the office following Covid, together, we are fast-reimaging how and what 'working from the office' actually means in reality. Workplaces acknowledge that we're still months away from having everyone back behind their desks as they used to be, prompting some employers to drastically rethink how and where their people will work. What does this all mean?

In this FREE webinar you will hear from experts as we explore the future of workplace organisations design and flexibility:

  • Shiona Watson, General Manager, Human Resources at QBE Insurance.
  • Kristen Miller, Head of Workplace, Westpac Group.
  • Stephen Barrow-Yu, Executive Director, People and Change, KPMG & Director, Diversity Council of Australia; and
  • Hosted by Emma Walsh, CEO, Parents At Work.

Register here

News and Views

Free or low-cost glasses for more South Australians

Women's Agenda Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic

Women 's Agenda ‘Call it out’: A new campaign to empower bystanders seeing or hearing abuse

Women's Agenda An Ode to Australia's most cherished women athletes

Women's Agenda Could COVID-19 end presenteeism?

ABC News Coronavirus sparked an economic recession that takes more jobs from women than men

Brisbane Times So, what does the new 'normal' look like for women?

SBS News Women have been the hardest hit by Australia's coronavirus job losses

The Conversation Forget work-life balance – it’s all about integration in the age of COVID-19

The Conversation As sport resumes after lockdown, it’s time to level the playing field for women and girls

The Lily This state says it has a ‘feminist economic recovery plan.’ Here’s what that looks like

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Office for Women eNews - Help is Here campaign

Office for Women eNews - Help is Here campaign

Office for Women eNews - Help is Here campaign

There is no place for domestic violence, help is here

The Help is Here campaign provides information on support services available to anyone affected by domestic and family violence, to help them access the support they need, when they need it.

Featuring a range of tv, radio and print ads, the campaign reminds people that 'a crisis is no excuse for violence'.

For more information on the campaign visit the Help is Here website.

If you are self-isolating or required to isolate, but are in immediate danger, you can leave your house. Contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Line for advice about continuing to isolate in a safe place. Phone 1800 800 098 (24 hours)

For urgent medical or police help freecall Triple Zero (000)

Office for Women eNews - 8 May 2020

Office for Women eNews - 8 May 2020

Office for Women eNews - 8 May 2020

General news


COVID-19 Community Support Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 now available for community organisations so they can continue to provide services and support to vulnerable South Australians.

Please visit for the COVID 19 Support Grants guidelines and application form.

Email or call 1300 650 985 for more information.

Open Your World

Open Your World is a single source of information with a dedicated website promoting wellbeing, including tips on staying fit and healthy, activities for kids as well as online resources for learning and skill development, ranging from language classes to cooking courses.

Open Your World focusses on five priority areas:

  • Promoting the opportunities and benefits of sport and physical activity;
  • Creating connection through arts and culture;
  • Encouraging use of green spaces in recognition of the health, wellbeing and environmental benefits;
  • Supporting learning and skill development;
  • Connecting people in their local communities and neighbourhoods.

For more information visit:

Stop Elder Abuse community awareness campaign

Separated by COVID-19 restrictions, now more than ever is the time for South Australians to be alert for signs of elder abuse – that all is not right with loved ones, neighbours and friends.

The 2020 campaign aims to educate the community on the signs of elder abuse, and where they can seek advice and assistance or to make a report. Around one in 20 older Australians is experiencing some form of abuse from someone they know and trust, who is often a member of their own family.

In South Australia, financial and psychological abuse are the most common, with older women more likely to be experiencing abuse from adult sons or daughters.

People experiencing Elder Abuse may display fear, sadness and neglect, amongst other signs, and abuse can also be physical, sexual, chemical or emotional.

If you have concerns call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310 for free, confidential advice and support, or to make a report to the Adult Safeguarding Unit.

You can download a range of promotional posters, postcards and wallet cards from and use the hashtag #stopelderabuse if you are posting on social media.

Research and resources

Financy Women’s Index

The Financy Women’s Index measures and tracks the financial progress of Australian women on a quarterly basis. The Index is based on official statistics and is designed to highlight trends among working women; from the courses they study once they leave high school, to what industries they work in, the nature in which they work or want to work, their earnings and savings in superannuation, through to those occupying top company board positions.

Financy has released their Women’s Index for the March Quarter 2020 – Looking at the  impact of COVID-19  on women’s financial progress.

The March 2020 Index recorded its weakest start to a calendar year since 2015 and rose by just 0.4 percentage points to a revised 71.3 points in the March quarter up from 71 points in the December period.

The Index result for the March quarter means that based on the rate of progress, economic equality in Australia is at least 32 years away.

Download the full report here.

News and Views

World Economic Forum Why we need more women in tech by 2030 - and how to do it

ABC News Women bear biggest job losses from coronavirus, latest ABS data shows

WESNET COVIDSafe App: Advice for Survivors

Work 180 Transferable skills and your career

Women's Agenda Why more leading ‘like a girl’ will help us rebuild better

Women's Agenda We can’t derail progress: Women’s financial security depends on applying the lessons of COVID-19

Women's Agenda Life in the current normal as the company secretary of a national women’s organisation

ABC News Domestic violence removalist says coronavirus isolation has increased workload by 60 per cent

The Conversation Today’s grandmothers grew up protesting. Now they have nothing to lose

ABC News Inside the Men's Referral Service, a call centre dealing with Australia's abusive men and domestic violence

The Age There's a silver lining for fathers in the COVID crisis

Daily Telegraph Michelle Lensink: The current COVID-19 pandemic is a terrifying time for women living in violent and abusive homes across the nation

Daily Telegraph 'Magical moments': How COVID-19 will super-charge family friendly work for good

Attorney-General Funding boost to ensure struggling Australians can get legal assistance

Office for Women eNews - New funding to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence during COVID-19

Office for Women eNews - New funding to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence during COVID-19

Office for Women eNews - New funding to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence during COVID-19

A $2.4 million funding boost from the Federal Government has enabled the South Australian Government to fast-track new domestic violence initiatives.

The new, immediate measures include:

  • $900,000 for a new Men’s Referral Line – for South Australian men to seek advice, support and help about their use of violence and to connect them with local DV services, OARS and Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY).
  • $1 million to domestic and family violence services across SA for brokerage packages for people experiencing abuse and violence to be used to pay for immediate support including transport, safety upgrades to property, financial counselling and support for children.
  • $250,000 to the Department of Human Services to lead a targeted, communications campaign with the aim of connecting more women with services
  • $250,000 to upskill the current and new workforce, for example training for existing helplines including Lifeline and Telecross Redi

The services already in place in South Australia such as the SA Police response to domestic violence incidents, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and all domestic violence services are continuing business as usual alongside the COVID-19 response.

View the Media Release here

Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491

If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)

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Office for Women eNews - 24 April 2020

Office for Women eNews - 24 April 2020

Office for Women eNews - 24 April 2020

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General news

Support for Individuals during COVID-19

The South Australian Government has set up a one stop shop of information on support for individuals and businesses during this time.

Support for individuals includes:

  • income support payments
  • payments to support households
  • temporary early release of superannuation
  • cost of living concession
  • Centrelink support
  • support for international students

Visit the SA Government website here.

Australian Migrant Resource Centre Coronavirus Notice

In response to the pandemic the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) has cancelled large gatherings, including their English classes and all social and cultural events:

  • The Naracoorte and Bordertown offices will be closed temporarily from Wednesday 15 April and settlement/community services will be delivered by a multilingual telephone service. Clients may visit the Mt Gambier MRC from Naracoorte if they need urgent face-to- face support.
  • The Adelaide, Salisbury, Mt Gambier and Murray Bridge MRC as well as other regional specialist services will continue face-to-face, while all other settlement/community services will be delivered by a multilingual telephone service.
  • The multilingual telephone service is available 5 days a week.
  • The out-of-hours emergency helpline is available as usual.

The AMRC’s Coronavirus Notice and Telephone and Emergency Services Contacts have been translated into different languages - the translations are available on the AMRC’s website.

For more information on service availability during this time visit the AMRC website,

Online Safety Grants Program

Grant funding of between $80,000 and $1 million is available to non-government organisations (NGOs) that deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them. A total of $9 million will be allocated starting in mid-2020.

The e-Safety Commissioner is seeking applications from from NGOs that can demonstrate an ability to use evidence-based research and best practice in online safety education to develop services, resources and products that provide new solutions for improving online safety. These can be:

  • for use in schools and other places of learning
  • designed for parents and carers, communities or support workers
  • focused on at-risk communities
  • aimed at scaling up new services, resources or products.

Applications close 21 May 2020. For more information visit the Grants website.

Research and resources

Toolkit: Creating Gender Equality through Procurement

Femeconomy has partnered with The 30% Club and leading Australian Board Directors to develop a Gender Equality Procurement Toolkit, to support organisations to implement procurement strategies that create gender equality across their supply chains, and foster ethical supply practices.

Companies with gender balanced leadership are more profitable and more likely to progress gender equality initiatives. Procurement can be a vehicle to create social impact. Putting in place and communicating supplier diversity and gender equality programs externally builds trust both with local communities, and with stakeholders more broadly, as organisations are increasingly held to account for their social impact.

5 Steps to Take Before you Access Your Superannation Early

In certain circumstances you will be able to apply for early release of your super from 20 April 2020, because of COVID-19. You can apply to the ATO to access $10,000 of your super in 2019-20 and another $10,000 of your super in 2020-21. You won’t pay tax on any super you withdraw and it won’t affect Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments.

Whether you should access your super early will depend on your individual circumstances. If you are at risk of ongoing poverty and don’t have access to other forms of financial assistance then early super release may be an important way for you to survive financially. However, it’s important to consider all the facts before you access your super early.

News and Views

World Economic Forum Coronavirus: 9 ways you can support gender equality from your home

Forbes Why Working From Home Is So Exhausting—And How To Reinvigorate

Vickie Champman MP Covid-19 legal assistance for South Australians

ABC News Children's book author Annabel Blake targets the STEM gender imbalance through Talu Tales book series

Monash University COVID-19: The bystander role has never been more critical in calling out family violence

7 News Coronavirus lockdown results in 75 per cent increase in domestic violence Google searches

ABC News Domestic abuse investigation by journalist Jess Hill wins Stella Prize for writing by Australian women

MoneySmart COVID-19 accessing your super: Steps to take before you withdraw super

ABC News Coronavirus has people working from home, which could have long-term benefits for women

The Power to Pursuade The Covid-19 payment stimulus measures: How will they affect women? Girls’ robotics team in Afghanistan building ventilator prototype from old car parts

The Age Family violence calls drop amid fears victims can't safely seek help while in lockdown

Canberra Times Gender pay gap poses 'shocking' pitfall if isolation goes on

BBC News The woman who discovered the first coronavirus

The Conversation Coronavirus reveals just how deep macho stereotypes run through society

The Conversation COVID-19 has laid bare how much we value women’s work, and how little we pay for it

ABC News Coronavirus restrictions force trial of flexible working for Australian fathers

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our NGOs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s been a tough few weeks for all as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Its hard to navigate the unknown, and we are all finding new ways to work and support the community during this time.

To ensure that you have one, consistent source of information, our Department has developed a page on its website dedicated to providing NGOs with a place to find information and support.

The DHS NGO coronavirus support page includes a link to current news, an online forum for questions, key contacts, policies and resources as well as a Pandemic Readiness information package for the non-government sector to support organisations through this period. This package is part of a detailed Toolkit to assist the sector in preparation and business continuity. The page will be regularly updated with key information to keep you informed.

We encourage you to visit this website regularly, and to consider signing up for the Department of Human Services NGO e-news.You can read the current newsletter online here

The current newsletter includes information on accessing Personal Protective Equipment, current protocols and guidelines, support available for communities and your workforce as well as links to our Q&As and webinars.

Each newsletter will include relevant information from across the Department, including that relevant to the Office for Women and the Women's Information Service. Most importantly, it will ensure you are up to date on what impacts on you as well as providing a a forum to answer questions your questions and hear feedback.

If you have any questions contact the COVID-19 response team at or phone Matt Clemow directly on 0417 887 824

Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, colleagues and clients as we navigate this unprecedented crisis together.

Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Office for Women eNews - 26 March 2020

Supporting women during COVID-19

For the most up to date and reliable information on South Australia's response to the coronavirus pandemic please visit

Women's Information Service

Like many of you, Office for Women staff are working remotely as part of the social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus COVID-19.

While the Women's Information Service shopfront is closed, our phones will remain open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

We are taking these social distancing measures to ensure that our clients, staff, volunteers and the community are safe during these times.

We will continue to share information on Facebook and you can access a list of relevant information and services on our 'I Need Help With' website

How to contact us:
Phone: 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158
SMS: 0401 989 860
Fax: 8303 0963

Access to Domestic and Family Violence Support during the pandemic

Women's Safety Services SA want you to know that responding to SA women and children experiencing domestic and family violence will always be their priority and they are continuing to provide this essential service to the community.

To ensure the service is safe for both clients and staff, they have made some changes including stopping training for professionals and reducing face to face contact where possible. They will continue to have telephone contact with all clients.

We continue to encourage women experiencing domestic or family violence to call 1800RESPECT or, if in crisis, the Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 800 098.

Always call 000 (triple zero) in an emergency.

Research and resources

Our Learning SA

The Department of Education has released Our Learning SA to support students, families and teachers for continued learning between school and home. Aligned to the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum, these resources support learning in the classroom and beyond.

Visit Our Learning SA here

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

Workplaces around the world are facing unprecedented conditions as COVID-19 continues to cause disruption. The Australian Government has given clear advice on social distancing, meaning many workplaces are now facing large sections of their workforce, working from home. To maintain the safety of your workers, slow the spread of the virus but also ensure business continuity, your organisation may need to enable workers to work flexibly for an extended period.

Whilst this situation is extraordinary, working from home and flexible working arrangements are not new concepts and, in fact, are key enablers of achieving workplace gender equality. The Agency has developed comprehensive resources to help you plan and implement these arrangements.

Some of the resources included in this toolkit are:

  • Types of workplace flexibility – if your organisation can’t conduct business remotely, are there other types of flexible arrangements you can implement to keep workers safe?
  • Flexibility for managers – good practice for managers in assisting their teams to work flexibly
  • Flexibility for employees – identifying flexibility options that will work best for you and how to manage the work/life balance
  • Executive briefing on workplace flexibility – how to demonstrate strong commitment to working flexibly.

Access the toolkit and resources here

Measure for measure: gender equality in Australia

This report brings together, for the first time, an overview of the evidence of the accumulated disadvantage Australian women experience with an analysis of its causes and recommendations for change. It makes the case for a national, bi-partisan commitment to measure, evaluate and take action to close the gender equality gap in Australia.

Access the Per Capita report here

Gender equality: women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action this report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. It uses data to examine the six themes that link the Platform’s critical areas of concern and the Sustainable Development Goals.

It also highlights that what’s needed now is a concerted drive to scale up, expand, and deepen policies and programmes that can accelerate the implementation of the entire Platform for Action for this generation and the next.

Access the UN Women report here

Improving gender diversity in companies 2020

This report is an analysis of initiatives to improve gender diversity in companies. It examines innovative policies to recruit and retain talent across genders. Gender diversity is a significant issue of risk management for boards and for companies.

The report examines commitment to promising initiatives and tools put in place by governments and companies to achieve the best results in terms of creating equal employment opportunities and inclusive workplaces. The concrete cases are linked to real outcomes in terms of staff well-being and company benefits.

Access the University of Technology Sydney report here

Using Technology to Communicate With Survivors During a Public Health Crisis

During a public health crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, when public health officials recommend “social distancing” to slow the spread of infection, technology such as video calls or web chats may be useful tools to connect with survivors remotely.

In considering new technology, survivors must be at the centre of our decision-making. WesNet has developed a list of tools that services can consider for communicating with survivors remotely.

View the WESNET resources here

In the news

Our Watch Nominations open for the Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children

Women's Agenda Five facts every Australian needs to know about men at work

The Guardian Women's domestic burden just got heavier with the coronavirus

Women's Agenda Ideas for keeping kids educated/entertained at home

Women's Agenda Let’s keep celebrating women’s sport during this crisis

The Conversation Getting creative with less. Recipe lessons from the Australian Women’s Weekly during wartime

The Conversation Hidden women of history: Sonia Revid created public health ballet at the height of ‘dance fever’

Pro Bono Australia How philanthropy can help tackle the scourge of family violence

The Conversation Women released from prison are at much greater risk of violence

ABC News 'Invisible' victims of teenage violence are already suffering in silence


ANROWS Conference: Adelaide 2020 POSTPONED

The April ANROWS Conference, National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children: Evidence in Action, has been postponed. Visit the conference website for more information.

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