Media Release by The Hon Christian Porter MP

Commonwealth and Victorian Government reaffirm their commitment to Our Watch

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
    Minister for Employment
    Minister for Women
    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have reaffirmed their commitment to changing the culture that leads to violence against women, both providing $3.3 million over the next three years to primary prevention organisation, Our Watch.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said that the Turnbull Government was supporting Our Watch to raise awareness and engage the community in action.

“We know that to prevent violence against women, we need to educate and empower the community to take action and stop violence before it happens,” the Minister said.

“This funding will ensure Our Watch continues to deliver services that drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that exist in our community.”

Our Watch is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that challenges the deeply ingrained beliefs that can give rise to violence against women. It does this through its engagement with the systems and institutions that reinforce these attitudes.

“We are also delighted to announce that Natasha Stott Despoja AM has been reappointed as Chair of the Our Watch Board for a further term to 30 December 2018,” Minister Porter said.

Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said this joint decision by the Australian and Victorian Governments recognises Natasha’s substantial contribution to the important work of preventing violence against women and their children.

“Under her guidance, the foundation has grown as the national body that informs, educates and empowers the community to end family violence,” Minister Cash said.

“This extension will give Our Watch stability over the next year, enabling it to continue towards its long-term objectives.

“We thank Natasha for her continued leadership of the Our Watch Board. Her knowledge and passion for change has been invaluable to the growth and success of Our Watch since 2013.”

The Acting Victorian Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Jenny Mikakos said Victoria’s contribution will ensure Our Watch is well equipped to continue their important work.

“The work of Our Watch is vital in helping to change attitudes towards violence against women and children.”

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit