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Office for Women eNews - Current Editions

Office for Women eNews - 14 November

Office for Women eNews - 14 November

Office for Women eNews - 14 November

South Australian Government news

Delivering better legal support to victims of domestic violence

Nearly 350 South Australian women have sought support from the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service since the Legal Services Commission began providing the service in July.

Read the full media release here.

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Women's Suffrage and Economic Empowerment panel discussion 

29 November 2019

Join panelists Annabel Crabb, Clare Wright and Senator Penny Wong, in conversation with Tory Shepherd, to explore women's suffrage and economic empowerment.

The event, presented by the Women in Economics Network,  will celebrate our successes: women in South Australia not only won the right to vote, but the ability to stand for parliament, before their peers across Australia and the rest of the world. It will also acknowledge that we still have some way to go before our rights translate to equal representation, and what this means for our ability to participate in the decision-making that matters.

Tickets $15 (free for Women in Economics Network members)


Feminism and Democracy - Then and Now

30 November 2019

Join the Centre of Democracy to commemorate this achievement and discuss what democracy and feminism mean today, with two panels of inspiring women

Panel 1: Our Democratic Foremothers - Denise George and Clare Wright, in conversation with Dr Nikki Sullivan.
This year, SA celebrates women's right to vote and stand for parliament: 125 years ago. Clare Wright and Denise George explore how it all happened. Denise tells the story of SA’s world-leading achievement in her biography of leading Adelaide suffragist, Mary Lee, and Clare's You Daughters of Freedom charts its spread to the rest of Australia, and Australia's role in the international push.

Panel 2: Who Our Foremothers Forget - Manal Younus, Genevieve Theseira-Haese and Rosemary Kudnarto Wanganeen.
In celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage, let's not forget that it wasn't exactly all-inclusive. Whose voices were missing and why? Our panel looks at how much things have improved for those of non-dominant cultures and identities and ask, how do we imagine a future that is truly feminist and equal?

Tickets: $20


Hard won... but not yet done

Join the YWCA for their AGM, followed by a celebration event of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia on 28 November 2019 at Ayers House from 5:30 pm.

Join the YWCA as they celebrate our past and present and envision our future. The event is hosted by The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and Ms Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. The design of this event has been led by YWCA young women in South Australia.

FREE event Bookings essential

Calendar of Events

Still want more? We are constantly adding to a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email


#itsinthebag campaign

Share the Dignity is once again running its #itsinthebag campaign. It’s simple. First of all, choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use.  Then, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show her someone cares. Show her that she matters because everyone deserves to feel that way. You have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas. Provide pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence.

For more information, drop off spots and ideas of what to fill your bag with visit the Share the Dignity website.

News and Research

ANROWS Podcast

  • Insights: The ANROWS Podcast - "Recounting Women" -  In this episode, Heidi Ehrat, 2018 Chairperson of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network, and Amani Haydar, lawyer, artist, and advocate, sit down with ANROWS CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow to discuss compassion fatigue, personal narratives, data, and characteristics and warning signs of intimate partner violence.
  • Insights: The ANROWS Podcast - How do we engage men who use violence? - In this episode, members of the research team Professor Sarah Wendt (Flinders University), Dr Kate Seymour (Flinders University), and Chris Dolman (Emerging Minds and Uniting Communities) sit down with Michele Robinson, Director, Evidence to Action (ANROWS) to discuss what invitational narrative practice is, how shame and “ethical preferences” play an important role in this technique, and discuss how to evaluate the effectiveness of this work.

In the news:

The Guardian - Wondering why more women don't run for office? Look what happened to Katie Hill
ABC News - Adolescent family violence needs stronger approach
ABC News - The indigenous women taking charge of their financial futures
The Guardian - Indigenous women continue to play key role in development of football in Australia
ABC News - The 15th Century feminist who used fairy tales as a weapon
ABC News - The emerging science behind lighting and women's safety
ABC News - The tortuous history of women in pain
Euronews - A glass ceiling in male-dominated big tech is keeping innovating women from making their mark
Women's Agenda - Why women managers need their colleagues to back them in
Forbes - Why we need to close the financial literacy gap for women
Harvard Business Review - As jobs are automated, will men and women be affected equally?
Forbes - It's not the women, it's the workplace
The Sydney Morning Herald - Women in Australia's biggest cities retire younger than their urban counterparts
The Guardian - Number of women on boards of Australia's top companies falls
The Guardian - The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women's health


Indigenous and CALD women in politics workshop

Join Esther Simbi, Dignity Party, and a range of speakers to discuss the joys and challenges of public and political life on the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in South Australia - featuring a video presentation by Dr Anne Aly MP. The workshop will be followed by a performance by Dusty Feet Mob and an Iranian feast! A forum discussion on the Statement from the Heart and the future of Voice, Treaty, Truth will form the high-point of this event.

Presented by Community Connections and the Spire Community.

When: 3 - 7:30 pm, 23 November 2019
Where:  Hope's Cafe, corner The Parade and Portrush Road, Norwood

How workplaces can help prevent violence against women

Join the Equal Opportunity Commission on 3 December at the Science Exchange from 4 - 5:30 pm, for a panel discussion of the critical role workplaces play in preventing violence against women. The event will be facilitated by Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner. Panellists include:

  • Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch
  • David Brown, Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services
  • Kim Cheater, Partner, PwC

This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Office for Women eNews - 31 October

Office for Women eNews - 31 October

Office for Women eNews - 31 October

SA Government News

SA Government commits $1.86 million to 'Stop it at the Start'

The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and Ms Carolyn Power MP, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention have jointly announced $1.86 million to fund a new national sexual violence prevention campaign, confirming combatting violence against women and children remains a top priority. The funding, to be spent over three years, will also contribute to the continuation of the successful, national ‘Stop it at the Start’ campaign. Specifically, funding will be spent on new and innovative campaigns including media and communications, such as television commercials, research and development and community engagement activities to drive messages at the local level.

These campaigns are included in The Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, led by the Federal Government.

Grants SA funding round open

The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, has announced the latest Grants SA funding round is open and is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for grants of up to $100,000. A total of $3 million in grants will be awarded to organisations that deliver programs and services which encouraage and support people or communities experiencing disadvantage.

Grants SA is a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

The priority groups for Grants SA funding are:

  • People and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, meaning those with less access to social and economic opportunities
  • Volunteers (Minor round only)

Visit Grant SA to find out more and to apply for a grant.

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Hard won... but not yet done

Join the YWCA for their AGM, followed by a celebration event of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia on 28 November 2019 at Ayers House from 5:30 pm.

Join the YWCA as they celebrate our past and present and envision our future. The event is kindly hosted by The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and The Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. The design of this event has been led by YWCA young women in South Australia.

FREE event Bookings essential

Seeking Today's Suffragists

To celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage, the City of Mitcham is honouring the suffragists of the late 19th and early 20th century by creating a 'Pledge of Gratitude'. Throughout October and November, copies of the pledge will be available at all Council facilities, the Civic Centre, our Libraries and Community Centres for interested parties to sign. Copies of the pledge are available to collect from the Civic Centre, and for download here if you are interested in collecting signatures to contribute to this celebration of the Suffragists.

Celebrating the legacy of Catherine Helen Spence

The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender and the Catherine Helen Spence committee are hosting an event to celebrate the legacy of the scholarship, which aims to further research on gender in the social sciences. Wednesday 13 November, 5–7.30 pm. Ingkarni Wardli, level 7.

This is a FREE event but bookings are essential

Calendar of Events

Still want more? We are constantly adding to a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email


Our Watch resources to support young people to develop positive, equal and respectful relationships

In July, Our Watch released a suite of new practitioner and educator resources, tools and information to support people who work with young Australians. The new content for practitioners and educators covers themes from sexting and image-based abuse to gender stereotypes and the pressure to ‘man-up’.  

To view the new practitioner and educator resources, tools and information, visit The Line.

Fierce Girls podcast

Fierce Girls is an ABC show aimed at kids 7-11 years old (and their parents) and tells the inspiring stories of some of Australia’s most extraordinary women. Each amazing story is narrated by equally fierce and fabulous women like singer Amy Shark, the first female Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce and Orange is the New Black actor, Yael Stone.

For this series the ABC has created:

  • A series of really fun posters that can be downloaded and printed out.
  • A series of images that can be coloured-in.

They can all be accessed via this page.

Queensland Government framework to prevent sexual violence

The Queensland Government has launched Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland's Framework to address Sexual Violence. The Framework has been designed to include prevention and responses to all people who experience sexual violence, including women, men, children and young people. It also recognises that sexual violence is a gendered issue, and that the majority of victims are women and girls.

News and Research

Our Watch research launch

On 7 November, Our Watch will be launching Men in focus: Unpacking masculinities and engaging men in the primary prevention of violence against women, a review and analysis of the Australian and international evidence, to explore the links between dominant forms of masculinity (including norms, attitudes, structures and practices of masculinity) and violence against women, and to examine how challenging these patterns can help prevent violence against women.

You are invited to attend the launch either in person or by live stream. To register please click here.

Research releases

In the news:

Women's Agenda - Meet the women changing society's outdated messages on money
World Economic Forum - These are the countries where it's best to be a woman
ABC News - Victoria's construction industry recieved half a million to help women enter the industry
ABC News - The drought is pushing rural women to breaking point, as doctors urge them to 'get help early'
SBS News -  Migrant women gain freedom and friends by starting a business
ABC News - Women 'told it's in their heads': New guidelines tackle misconceptions around morning sickness
University of Queensland - What is perimenopause and how does it affect women's health in midlife?
InDaily - Older, female, regional: the hidden face of unemployment
The Guardian (UK) - Gender pay gap at its widest for women in their 50s, study reveals
Financial Review -  Silicon Sisters: Call to action for women in tech
QLD Country Life - Country to Canberra takes 18 young rural women leaders on 'Power Trip'
The Age - The family friendly work illusion turning women off having children
The Sydney Morning Herald - 'It's not easy being a young woman these days'
Phys.Org - Women 'less likely to progress at work' than their male counterparts following childbirth
The Sydney Morning Herald - Women and girls have come a long way, but not nearly far enough
Aljazeera - 'An extraordinary feeling': Iran women attend football match
Financial Review - Pay gap worsens for women barristers


How workplaces can help prevent violence against women

Join the Equal Opportunity Commission on 3 December at the Science Exchange from 4 - 5:30 pm, for a panel discussion of the critical role workplaces play in preventing violence against women. The event will be facilitated by Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner. Panellists include:

  • Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch
  • David Brown, Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services
  • Kim Cheater, Partner, PwC

This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Adelaide - Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Grant - Information session

The purpose of the information session is to assist potential applicants in applying for a Safe Places Emergency Accommodation grant. Safe Places was announced by the Prime Minister on 11 February 2019 and will provide new or expanded emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

Information sessions will provide guidance to potential applicants, specifically on the eligibility and assessment criteria. Information sessions will also include a question and answer session, which will give potential applicants the opportunity to ask departmental staff questions regarding their application.

The information session will be held on 11 November 2019 from 9:30 am to 10:45 am at the Department of Social Services' State Office, Level 13, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.

Registration for this session is required through eventbrite.

Annual Women Against Road Toll High Tea

Join Channel 7 presenter Kelly Golding for the annual Get Home Safe Foundation fundraiser, ‘Women Against Road Toll High Tea’ at The Stamford Grand, Glenelg at 2.30pm on Sunday 17th November 2019.

Ticket Price of $65 includes traditional high tea, a glass of bubbles, live music, silent auction and a "goody bag". Click here to book:

Spirit of Woman Fundraising Gala Night

Spirit of Woman is raising funds to create the Place of Courage, an interactive public art space dedicated to advancing dialogue and community attitudes towards violence against women and children - the first of its kind in Australia! Festivities include a delicious dinner from Chef Duncan Welgemoed’s special menu accompanied by excellent wine; inspirational speakers, and a live auction. Guest speakers include The Honourable Diana Bryant AO,QC – Spirit of Woman PATRON, Julian Burnside AO, QC (Human Rights Lawyer) and Angela Lynch AM (CEO Women's Legal Service Queensland).

The Gala Night will be held at Africola, East Tce, Adelaide, on 4 November form 6:30 pm. Tickets are $165 and can be booked through eventbrite.

Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

Sport is a critical channel for embedding respectful relationships, gender inclusion and the prevention of violence against women.  Millions of Australians play or are involved in sport at some time in their lives and, as a result, sport can be a powerful and influential vehicle for growing safer and more respectful communities.

The Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will this year bring together a diverse and interactive panel from across AFL, AFLW, NRL and Soccer to promote the positive role men can play in fostering respect and gender equality across our sporting cultures.

When: 6.45am to 9am, Friday 22 November 2019
Where: Adelaide Convention Center 

Workplace Gender Equality Agency Data Launch

50 years after Australia’s women first won “equal pay”: how far have we come?

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency will release their sixth year of reporting data in November.  This year is also the 50th anniversary of the historic industrial relations decision that first established the principle of “equal pay for equal work” in Australia. The roadshow will present the findings from the 2018-19 reporting year and look at the trends and insights to develop a detailed picture of the state of gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The lunch will feature keynote addresses from Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, followed by a panel discussion with leading employers, gender equality experts and concludes with an audience Q and A.

When: 12 - 2 pm, Wednesday 27 November 2019
Where:  National Wine Centre

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Inspiring SA Women's Awards 2020

Australia Day Inspiring South Australian Women's Award - celebrating the exceptional contribution of women in the community

Nominations now open!

The Inspiring South Australian Women's Award (formerly known as the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award) recognises an outstanding woman who has made a significant contribution to the community.  The award was established in 2011 and recognises the outstanding contribution women make, in a voluntary or paid role, in advancing and enriching our society. The award is designed to acknowledge those women who have previously not been publicly recognised for their work and service to the community.

The award categories are:

  • Inspiring SA Women's Award
  • Emerging Leaders Award

A Commendation Award may be bestowed to encourage the future potential of the nominee.

The award is part of the Australia Day Awards and Honours and is jointly coordinated by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and the Office for Women.


Visit the Australia Day Council of SA website to make a nomination and find more information about the award.

Office for Women eNews - 19 September

Office for Women eNews - 19 September

Office for Women eNews - 19 September

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125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Voting for Wellbeing

Celebrating 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia, the SA Mental Health Commission and the Centre of Democracy are co-hosting a panel of strong South Australian women to discuss women’s experience of the relationship between wellbeing and democracy in South Australia – then and now. Panellists will explore what wellbeing and democratic participation mean to them, how women are and have been perceived in society and the workplace in relation to their mental health, and what lessons we can learn from history. All welcome.

This is a free event as part of Mental Health Week 2019.

Date: Wednesday 9 October
Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Venue: Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of SA, Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Tickets: Free, however limited places available for Voting for Wellbeing so don't forget to RSVP

Ayers House Museum: Memories of the Past, Visions of the Future

Visit Ayers House Museum and see a small display capturing a moment in the life of one of South Australia’s most well-known suffragists, Mary Lee. Featured in the display are garments and accessories from the National Trust collection representative of this momentous time in the state’s history.

This display is part of the regular museum admission. Opens Tuesday 17 September. Find out more about this Ayers House exhibition here.

Fleurieu Folk Festival - Purple and Gold celebration of women's suffrage in SA

Fleurieu Folk Festival has brought together seven women recognised for their work as musicians, poets and songwriters to develop this special presentation in celebration of Suffrage 125. Performed by Jane Bower, Melanie Dancer, Bron Lloyd, Adrienne Lovelock, Jen Lush, Adrienne Piggott and Caz Williams, Purple and Gold features new songs and poems written for the event along with extracts from reports, letters and speeches of the time.

Purple and Gold Celebration of Women's Suffrage in SA is part of the Fleurieu Folk Festival and will be held Saturday October 26 from 12:15pm at Willunga Oval.

Pooraka Farm Community Centre - Celebrating the Spirit of Women

Over 4 weeks beginning in October, Pooraka Farm Community Centre will be presenting a series of workshops celebrating the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. Guest speakers include Dr Niki Vincent (SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner), Gillian Aldridge, Francis Bedford MP, Krista Reynolds, and Tabitha Leans. Topics covered include women's standing for election, the importance of voting, knowing how to pick the best candidate and an overview of the suffrage movement.

Dates: Wednesday 16 October, 23 October, 30 October, 6 November, high tea on 13 November.
Time: 10am - 1pm
Booking: Please call 8406 8488

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region Conference

This conference is a biennial, non-partisan event for women parliamentarians and this year will be part of celebrations of 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia.

Women parliamentarians from around Australia will celebrate 125 years of progress in their work and how they can encourage more women to be part of politics. The event will include a networking evening for aspiring young women politicians on Tuesday 8 October held at the South Australian Parliament. Any enquiries can be directed to

Videos about the suffrage campaign

Recently a State Dinner was held commemorating the anniversary, and a couple of short films were put together to provide an introduction to some of the issues that faced women then, and women now. Have a look at the videos on the Women's Information Service Facebook page:

Calendar of Events

Still want more? We are constantly adding to a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email


Call for nominations - YWCA Australia board and Young Women's Council

Are you passionate about gender equality? Are you looking to contribute to the YWCA movement and vision of a world where all women, young women and girls are safe and respected with equal access to power, opportunity and resources?

YWCA Australia are now seeking nominations for appropriately qualified people to join the YWCA Board, and young women who passionately advocate for gender equality to join their Young Women's Council.

Find out more about these opportunities at YWCA Australia here!

Nominations close 22 September.

Nominations open for Inspiring South Australian Women's Award

The Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award (formerly known as the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award), recognises an outstanding woman who has made a  significant contribution to the community. The Award is part of the Australia Day awards and honours and is jointly coordinated by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and the Office for Women.

The award is  provided by the Minister for Human Services, the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, who is responsible for the Status of Women portfolio.

Find out more about the Inspiring SA Women award on the Australia Day SA website.

Nominations close 1 November 2019.

News Articles

ABC News: Depicting blood during Libra commercial does not breach ethics code, watchdog rules
The Conversation: NZ was first to grant women the vote in 1893, but then took 26 years to let them stand for Parliament
ABC News: More than half of fertility and period-tracker apps ineffective at predicting ovulation, study finds
ABC News: Domestic violence still at 'unprecedented' levels despite hundreds of millions being spent
New Daily: 'Pretty much impossible': Private rentals out of reach for domestic violence survivors
InDaily: Adelaide City Council to offer 20 days' paid domestic violence leave
SMH: It's not women of 'merit' that are lacking, it's women full stop
ABC News: Jill Emberson's fight for ovarian cancer research funding, because 'we can do it for our ovaries too'
The Conversation: Women have made many inroads in policing, but barriers remain to achieving gender equity
SMH: If you want to touch, kiss or hug me, please ask first
ABC News: Women going backwards at the top of corporate Australia
ABC News: More women in trades could be the solution to the skills shortage, study finds
ABC News: Why don't more dads take parental leave? The answer is in their heads
SMH: Thank you to the woman who called out the dreadful toll of campus rape
ABC News: How Iranian women skirt the rules and sanctions to make a fashion statement
InDaily: Rural women at the forefront of resilient and sustainable farming
InDaily: The 'turbulent anarchist' who fought for SA women's suffrage
The Conversation: Hidden women of history: Marau Ta'aroa, the Sydney-schooled 'last Queen of Tahiti'
SBS News: Senate set to have even split of women and men for first time
SBS Insight: Meet the Macedonian woman who found herself going head to head with BHP


ANROWS - Updated fast facts: Impacts of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence
AHURI -  Improving housing and service responses to domestic and family violence for Indigenous individuals and families
Citizen Lab - The Predator in Your Pocket: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry
AIFS presentation - Child-focused approaches when working with parents affected by family and domestic violence

Survey Equality Rights Alliance Young Women's Advisory Group seeking young women's and young non-binary folks' views on sex education (age 16-21)
SurveyCrossing the Line: Experiences of Sexual Violence Among Women in Australia
Survey - National survey of health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people aged 14-21 in Australia 
Participants sought - University of Melbourne research project into reproductive coercion
Participants sought - University of Melbourne research into how Australian Muslim women practice their faith in a gender-positive way (contact Kate Hammond to find out more or volunteer
Participants sought - Australian Muslim people with lived experience of domestic and family violence (contact Sandra Elhelw Wright to find out more or volunteer
Participants sought - Diversity Council of Australia survey on understanding the experiences of culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ people at work


Women in Space - Space Week 2019

Taking place on Thursday 26 September and Friday 27 September, the event will highlight the achievements of women in the space sector, while providing participants with the opportunity to contribute to a high quality publication, discuss works in progress, network, and support their peers. The outcome of the event will be an edited collection which will be a timely international and interdisciplinary project to highlight the importance and contribution of women to the space sector, and which showcases South Australia’s leadership in space.

A presentation and networking evening for women is being held as part of Space Week. This event will be held on Thursday 26 September 2019 at the Napier Lecture Theatre, Adelaide University, 5pm-7pm.

For further details, please contact, Dr Stacey Henderson via email: or visit the Space Industry Association of Australia website.

Women in the construction industry: Breaking down the barriers

As an industry that ranks as one of the three highest creators of economic value in Australia, construction needs to draw from the widest pool of talent the country has to offer – women. Employing more women brings diversity of ideas and skills, both of which are key ingredients for innovation and success. Join us for a conversation on the state of play for women in the construction industry, the needs of local business and what we can do to break down the barriers.

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Date: 1 October 2019
Venue: BADGE Constructions, 9 Anzac Highway, Keswick

Please RSVP by 25 September 2019 to

Winnovation awards ceremony

Winners of the 6th annual 2019 Winnovation Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the National Wine Centre from categories such as Innovation and Intrapreneurship in Government, Maths & Data, and Arts.

Time: 5:30pm - 9pm
Date: 3 October 2019
Venue: National Wine Centre, Cnr Hackney Rd and Botanic Rd Adelaide
Tickets: Winnovation Awards presentation ceremony tickets

Working Women's Centre 40th AGM

Working Women's Centre SA 40th AGM & Afterparty Guest speaker Sally McManus ACTU Secretary

The Working Women’s Centre (WWC) was established by the SA Trades Union Movement in 1979, in order to provide specialised assistance to vulnerable women in the workplace. Over the years the WWC has fought hard, through being de-funded, funding cuts and re-funded, to maintain its role in providing vulnerable women and workers assistance for 40 years. Head along to this special celebration and 40th AGM featuring guest speaker Sally McManus!

Date: 22 October 2019
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Venue: Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton

Tickets are free but you must register to attend. Find out more here about the WWC 40th AGM.

Zonta International centenary celebration

Community organisation Zonta International invite you to join other SA Zontians in celebrating 100 years of Zonta International at a gala event featuring food and entertainment. The evening will be hosted by the ABC's Jessica Harmsen, with a raffle, prizes and live music.

Date: 9 November 2019
Time: 6.45pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 65 Hindley St Adelaide
Tickets: $85 - click here to purchase tickets to the Zonta International centenary celebration

Tickets must be purchased by Friday 25 October 2019.

100 years since the election of the first woman to a council in SA - Susan Grace Benny

Australian Local Government Women's Association South Australian Branch Inc. High tea celebration. Susan Grace Benny election 100 years. Celebrate the first female local goverment member in Australia elected 1919 with a luxury high tea in historic Glanville Hall, 8 Park Ave, Semaphore South, Sunday 22 September 2019 2pm - 4pm

While we are celebrating 125 years of SA women's suffrage, we are also celebrating the election of the first woman councillor in South Australia, Susan Grace Benny! Join the Australian Local Government Women's Association SA (ALGWA SA) for high tea to celebrate Susan's victory 100 years ago.

Date: 22 September 2019
Time: 2pm - 4pm  
Venue: Glanville Hall, Semaphore
Tickets: $40 members, $50 non-members, $380 table of 8 (booking fees apply)

Women's Work: Working for a fair and peaceful world

This International Day of Peace, hear from four leading international women’s organisations working for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Key representatives from Business & Professional Women International, Soroptimist International, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, and YWCA Australia will come together to speak about their organisations, their aims and objectives, and the work their women members do to build justice and peace, human rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment at the local (grassroots), national, and international levels.

Date: Friday 20 September
Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm start
Venue: Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Centre City West Campus, University of South Australia
Booking: Tickets $5 from TryBooking
More information: view the flyer

Forum followed by networking and refreshments. Presented by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; BPW; YWCA Australia.

Save the date - Celebrating Catherine Helen Spence scholarship recipients

Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) was a significant South Australian woman - a noted social and political reformer and a writer. Not long after she died in 1910 the South Australian government established a fund for a scholarship in her honour. Many notable South Australian women have received this scholarship over the last 110 years and have contributed to the betterment of social conditions in this state.

For the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in SA, the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship Committee and the Fay Gale Centre are celebrating her legacy by exploring the lives and work of the scholarship recipients.

Date: Wednesday 13 November
Time: 5pm for 5.30 - 7.30pm
Venue: University of Adelaide (TBA)

Save the date - Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

White Ribbon Day falls on 22 November, with this also being the date for this year's Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast. Check the White Ribbon website for more information in the coming weeks.

Northern Regional Violence Forum - Why doesn't she just leave?

Do you work with women and families in a community, frontline or educational setting where you are responding to women impacted by Family/ Domestic Violence (FDV)? Have you ever found yourself talking with a family, or witnessing something and thinking it might be FDV? Workers in libraries, community centres, children centres, frontline and clinical workers will often be some of the first to have a FDV disclosure and can be crucial in how the family accesses supports. This forum is for workers who want to upskill their responses, specifically the topic ‘Why doesn’t she just leave’ and the complexities that women face when experiencing FDV.

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Salisbury Community Hub, 34 Church St Salisbury
Cost: $70


SHine SA Freedom to Explore Sexual Health (FRESH) course for youth and community workers


The FRESH Course (Youth and Community Services Focus) provides workers with an opportunity to share learning and build their confidence around sexual and reproductive health. The course utilises adult learning techniques, encouraging participation and activity based learning.

There is a FRESH course being held 23-25 October 2019. Find out about the FRESH course and how to register.

Pathways to Empowerment course open for Term 4 enrolmentsZahra foundation logo

Pathways to Empowerment is a 9 week course for women/non-binary folks who have experienced domestic violence. The group is about reconnecting with yourself, working out what sort of life you want, and practical steps you can take to achieve this. With a focus on connection, empowerment and pathways, the course includes creative activities to prompt thinking about hopes, values, skills, information and support.

Registrations and referrals are currently being accepted for Term 4 enrolements. For more information please email or call the Zahra Foundation on 8352 1889.

Applications now open to volunteer with the Women's Information Service in various locations

WIS is now located in the suburbs

Applications are now open to become a WIS volunteer at Southern Children's Centres: O'Sullivan Beach or Aldinga Beach! Murray Bridge is also looking for volunteers for new information centre 'The Haven'. Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training to assist women seeking information and referrals for life challenges.

Volunteer training for Aldinga Beach and O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centres will be running over 9 sessions from Tuesday October 15 to Wednesday October 30.

Applications are now open and close at Friday 20 September 9am.

Apply now:

Information session

Murray Bridge:

Date: Monday 14 October 2019 
Time: 2pm 
Location: 18 Beatty Terrace Murray Bridge
To book your place: contact WIS on 8303 0590

Community Grant Opportunities - preventing violence against women and their children

  • Men as Role Models for Preventing Violence Against Women and their Children - Organisations are invited to apply for funding to deliver innovative primary prevention activities that involve men as positive role models to drive changes in the behaviours and attitudes that contribute to violence against women and children. These activities will involve men to challenge the underlying social, economic and political conditions, as well as historical and cultural factors that allow violence‑supportive attitudes and behaviours to thrive.

    Closes 24 September 2019.
  • Community-led Projects to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children - Organisations are invited to apply for funding to develop and deliver innovative and community led primary prevention activities that challenge violence-supportive attitudes and behaviours. A community-led approach ensures the people, groups and communities impacted by a project are actively involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the project.

    Closes 9 October 2019.

Training for women over 55: Own your financial future

Australian Shareholders’ Association (ASA) will be running a project funded by an ECSTRA grant to assist women 55+ to build confidence to participate in financial decision-making.

Own your financial future: A project dedicated to empowering women 55+ building confidence in financial decision making

The goal of the financial literacy project, Own Your Financial Future, is to empower older women with an understanding of basic financial concepts. Another objective is to give older women the confidence to have conversations with their partners, children and financial advisers about how the finances and investments are structured.

These workshops are geared towards women who have never been involved in managing their finances or investments. If you have never attended an education event about managing finances or investments, or do not know where the funding for your retirement comes from, you will benefit from these workshops.

Three training sessions will be held in Adelaide on October 15, 16 and 17. Registrations will open soon. More information on the training sessions for women over 55 on managing your finances.

Save the date - ANROWS National Research Conference 28-30 April 2020 in Adelaide

ANROWS 3rd National Research Conference 28-30 April 2020 Adelaide

ANROWS is delighted to announce that Professor Nadine Wathen will deliver the keynote lecture at the 3rd national ANROWS research conference on 28-30 April 2020 in Adelaide.

Titled ‘Evidence in Action’, the conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and women with lived experience to ask, “what works?” This will open up opportunities to reflect on what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective. These reflections will inform conversations about the way in which evidence is applied in policy and practice to reduce violence against women and their children.

Call for proposals will open late September 2019.

Women's Information Service (WIS)

WIS provides referrals and information through the shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. You can also call WIS on (08) 8303 0590 with questions or for information or visit the Women's Information Service website.

Tax Help 2019

Tax Help is back at WIS for 2019. This service is free and confidential and provided by fully trained volunteers. Tax help is available from July to October.

To make an appointment or for more information call WIS on 8303 0590.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly produces a schedule of courses, sessions and groups called "What's On". Items featured are all free or low cost, unless otherwise indicated. The "What's On" is available on the Office for Women website.

Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

Safety Hubs Election Commitment - First safety hub 'The Haven' launched in Murray Bridge

Safety hubs election commitment

Services are being established under the government’s safety hubs election commitment from August 2019 to June 2021, to help improve the safety of women and their children experiencing (or at risk of) domestic, family or sexual violence.

Each location will provide a safe local place where women can speak confidentially to trained workers or volunteers, who can provide information, support, and referrals to appropriate services.

Different types of services will be established - which type is in a region depends on the needs of the community. They may be:

  • located within a universal service such as a community or childcare centre, or health service
  • a stand-alone centre with different services available within it, such as housing, child and family services, counselling, financial, and legal support
  • a centrally located service that provides outreach services to surrounding communities.

The location of each service, and identifying what services are needed for each region, have been driven by feedback from six domestic violence roundtable forums held across South Australia in 2018-19, as well as ongoing consultation with local service providers.

First safety hub launch - The Haven

The Haven is the first site established under the government’s safety hub election commitment. The Haven launched today in the Murray and Mallee region in Murray Bridge. The Haven is a partnership between the Office for Women, the Murray Bridge Community Centre and local community organisations.

The Haven – Murray Bridge

Provided by the Women’s Information Service

Murray Bridge Community Centre
Phone: 0402 889 542

Opening hours

Monday and Friday: 9am to 4pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 12.30pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 9am to 12.30pm

For further information about services provided by The Haven, see the Women’s Information Service.

Safety hub region

Opening date

1. Adelaide Hills

2. Southern Adelaide

3. Northern Adelaide and Barossa, Light and Lower North

4. Eyre and Western

5. Limestone Coast


6. Far North

7. Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

8. Yorke and Mid North


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