Media Releases by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Government Supporting Women in Leadership

The Government has today launched BoardLinks, a proactive initiative to support more Australian women into leadership positions, including increasing female representation on public and private sector boards. “We know that women are as equally skilled and educated as their male… Continue reading

Helping those who help others in the Chinese community

Nineteen Chinese community organisations will benefit from the Australian Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, today said the Government’s investment was delivering much-needed support to local volunteers. “We know that volunteers give… Continue reading

Valuing our volunteers

The Australian Government today announced 4,800 not-for-profit volunteer organisations will receive $16 million as part of the Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative. These grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are being delivered to recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to Australian… Continue reading

Helping those who help others in Tasmania

Local community organisations in Tasmania are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Australian Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, today visited Sailability Tasmania in Sandy Bay, Hobart, to announce the… Continue reading

Parliament locks in historic equal pay rises

The Australian Government welcomes the passage of legislation through the Parliament today, locking in equal pay increases for 150,000 social and community services sector workers. The legislation establishes the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account confirming that the… Continue reading

Queensland input into future of Family Support Program

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, has called for Queensland community input on the future directions of the Australian Government’s $1 billion Family Support Program through a new discussion paper. Ms Collins joined Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, on… Continue reading

Federal commitment to struggling Queenslanders

The Australian Government will continue to provide strong support for struggling Queenslanders even as the Newman Government persists in cutting important social services, the Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said today. Ms Collins made the commitment as she joined… Continue reading

How children are growing up in Australia

A new report has found children from low-socioeconomic families are less likely to believe they are doing well at school and to enjoy reading books than children from high-socioeconomic families. The annual report, Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study… Continue reading

Acknowledging the rural women of Australia

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig says the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women on 15 October provides the perfect opportunity for all Australians to honour the key role rural women play in building regional… Continue reading

NBN to support access to Tasmanian Legal Services

Better legal assistance is on the way for Tasmanians as local lawyers will soon come ‘face-to-face’ with their Melbourne and Sydney counterparts through the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and the Member for Franklin Julie Collins today… Continue reading

Role of women critical in disaster resilience

Women and girls are being recognised as the unsung heroes of local communities in preparing for, and recovering from disasters on this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction. The United Nations has declared that in 2012, the theme “Women and… Continue reading

Every Girl’s International Day of the Girl Child

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, has today congratulated the organisations behind the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child and the events to mark the day at Parliament House in Canberra. Prime Minister Julia Gillard last… Continue reading

A day of action on older women’s financial inequality

International Day of Older Persons October 1 should serve as a reminder that too many women in Australia are reaching retirement age with insufficient financial resources. “Women are particularly vulnerable to financial insecurity and poverty during the years they should… Continue reading

Key step towards reducing violence against women

Australian governments have today reiterated their commitment to working together to reduce violence against women and their children with the release of the plan to implement the latest stage of this national strategy. The Australian, State and Territory Governments have… Continue reading

Scholarship opportunities for ‘board ready’ women

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, is inviting Australia’s ‘board ready’ women to apply for Australian Government-backed scholarships aimed at increasing the number of women in the nation’s boardrooms. The Australian Institute of Company Directors has today… Continue reading

Labor moves to ban gag clauses in not-for-profit sector

Legislation will be introduced to ban gag clauses in Commonwealth contracts with the Not-For-Profit sector, ensuring ongoing positive engagement and open debate between the Federal Government and the sector. Minister Mark Butler said Labor recognises that a strong, independent and… Continue reading