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Every action plan will be reviewed and evaluated, with findings contributing to the development of future plans.

Reporting on progress against the First Action Plan is also provided to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women (MACW) every few months.

Women—office for women
(Question No 1647)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 17 August 2018 (redirected to the Acting Chief Minister):

Will the Government position the Office for Women in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) to “streamline strategic oversight of gender equality in the ACT”, as recommended by YWCA Canberra in their May 2018 report, titled “Leading the Change: the pathway to gender equality”; if so, when should the ACT community expect to see this office repositioning, and what strategies within the CMTEDD will be implemented to establish a streamlined strategic oversight of gender equality and; if not (a) what are the reasons for rejecting this recommendation and (b) what measures will the Government take to better streamline strategic oversight of gender equality in the ACT.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No, the Office for Women will remain in the Community Services Directorate.

(a) The ACT Office for Women already works across the whole of the ACT Government and has strategic oversight of this work through the ACT Women’s Plan.

The ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 recognises the importance of acknowledging and addressing intersectionality when seeking to support women and girls in the ACT. Intersectionality refers to the multiple forms of discrimination that can result when individual factors overlap, such as race, gender, age, ethnicity and disability.

The Office for Women’s position in the Community Services Directorate allows for closer collaboration with other relevant areas to address the needs of particular cohorts of women who are likely to face higher levels of discrimination, such as women with a disability, senior women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

In addition, the Office for Women is well placed in the Community Services Directorate alongside the Office for the Coordinator-General for Family Safety given the links between gender equality and violence against women.

(b) The ACT Women’s Plan is a whole of Government commitment and provides the vision, principles and priority areas to guide a coordinated approach to achieving improved gender equality in the ACT.

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