Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Howard Government announces new funding for womens development

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced almost $600,000 in funding for fourteen new initiatives under the 2004-05 Women’s Development Programme.

Ten of the projects will contribute to improving the status of women across Australia. They will address a variety of issues including domestic violence, rural and remote female doctors, older women, Indigenous women, clothing outworkers and women in policing.

Four capacity-building projects will also be funded to a total of $91,525. These projects will strengthen community organisations when deliver important services to Australian women.

‘I am delighted to announce the $588,542 funding for these important projects which are part of the Howard Government’s four-year, $5.6 million Women’s Development Programme announced in the 2001-02 Budget,’ said Senator Patterson.

‘The Howard Government is committed to improving the status of women in Australia, and these project grants are a tangible reflection of that goal.

‘These organisations deliver a variety of important services to Australian women including women with disabilities, leadership mentoring for young women and development programmes to increase the number of women on boards.

‘The Howard Government is committed to supporting new initiatives to provide development and services to Australian women and to supporting existing organisations to continue delivering outstanding services,’ Senator Patterson said.

Policy Projects
Organisation Project Amount
Fair Wear (partnering with Asian Women at Work Inc) Economic Security for Clothing Outworkers – Corporate and Designer Wear $50,000
Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers, Australia Professional Women’s Mentoring Programme $50,000
Australasian Council of Women and Policing Women Leading Change – training workshops $50,000
Australian Federation of Medical Women in partnership with the Centre for Culture & Health, UNSW and Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations Achieving gender and cultural competence by Australia’s medical workforce $50,000
Older Women’s Network (Australia) Inc Making it Count! Older women’s contribution to Australian communities $50,000
UNIFEM Australia Incorporated Community Leadership Strategy to raise public awareness about violence against women $50,000
Australian Federation of Medical Women Support for Rural and Remote Female Doctors in Australia $49,750
Women Chiefs of Enterprise, International Voicing Women Managers’ Unemployment Experience in Australia: The Hidden Toll $ 49,500
National Network of Indigenous Women’s Legal Services Inc Our Strong Women – the next step $49,467
International Women’s Development Agency Sharing Women’s Leadership to address Violence Against Women $48,300
TOTAL   $497,017


Capacity Building Projects
Organisation Project Amount
ZONTA International District 23 Capacity Building for Executive & Staff of Ngaanyajjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC) $24,925
WINCOTT Advancing Partnerships in Cotton – a development initiative for Australian Women in Cotton $22,000
National Foundation for Australian Women (in partnership with Women on Boards) Women on Boards – enhancements to $19,600
Women with Disabilities Australia Development of an Accessible Information and Referral Portal for Women with Disabilities in Australia $ 25,000
TOTAL   $91,525
Grand Total   $588,542