Member for Wentworth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today welcomed the $10 million announcement to expand the partnership between the Federal Government and UnitingCare Australia, to help more women receive pre-employment training.
“The new program, ‘Launch into Work’, will start later this year and will complement the longstanding success of this partnership between the government and UnitingCare Australia to encourage and train more women to become ‘workforce ready’,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to further drive equality and respect for women and their financial security.”
“The new $10 million ‘Launch into Work’ program is designed to create new partnerships with not-for-profits and businesses which are ready to invest in Australian women,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Empowering women keeps our community here in Wentworth strong and Australia’s economy resilient. Boosting women’s workforce participation is a key priority of the government.
“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to empower women to engage in the workforce to further drive equality, respect and women’s financial security.
“While I am pleased that female participation in the Australian workforce is at a record high of 5.6 million and a recent narrowing of the gender pay gap is welcome, we continue to take action,” Mr Turnbull said.
Adding to this commitment, the Government is increasing investment in child care and early learning. This will mean families will be better able to access child care to enhance their employment opportunities, rather than limit their work hours to suit their childcare.
Families in Wentworth earning $65,000 or less will have 85 per cent of their costs refunded and so will only pay around $15 a day. We will abolish the $7,500 cap for families earning less than $185,000 and introduce an hourly rate cap, to curb fee increases.
“This additional child care investment will benefit around one million families and is targeted towards those working the longest hours, but earning the least,” Mr Turnbull said.
Our government is also addressing domestic violence as a key priority – this is an issue that has been at the forefront of the Coalition government’s agenda since 2013.
“Our $100 million Women’s Safety package and the additional $100 million investment under the ‘Third Action Plan’ is also protecting women and children through expanded front line services and the delivery of new prevention strategies to drive cultural change.”
“This International Women’s Day we should all reflect on how we can create a society in which women are respected, represented, have a strong voice, are financially secure, and are safe from violence.”