women's policy action tank blog posts


Supercharging discrimination: The Targeted Compliance Framework and the impact of automated decision-making

The mental health impacts of sexualisation, family violence and assault

Invisible women? Migrant workers need feminist solidarity

From “mothers having babies” to “people raising families”: Policy and culture change at Baker McKenzie for inclusive parenting leave

“You need to know what to do if you feel uncomfortable”: Why school-based sex education is important for all ages

The bidirectional relationship between financial hardship and women’s mental health

Racial and gender justice for Aboriginal women in prison

Economic inequality can deteriorate women’s mental health

Why a gender lens on mental health is critical

Why are some organisations so resistant to change? Exploring the nature of ‘extremely gendered’ organisations

Taking the pulse on men’s parenting and care work: The State of the World’s Fathers

Do the Hustle: How I make ends meet as a single parent

Mitigating the child penalty: Policy problem or social norms?

What do we mean when we talk about ‘gender’ and family violence?

Thanks for asking… Mothers say ParentsNext puts parents last

Mind the gender gap: The hidden data gap in transport

Creating a crisis for people on income support? Psychology says bad idea

Rethinking justice: The transformative potential of health-justice partnerships

Protecting young women from workplace sexual harassment

The art of helping: Lessons for Australia in taking a mediation approach to forced marriage

Dowry abuse: It’s a growing problem in Australia, but new laws aren’t the answer

Family violence may not discriminate, but the impacts are unequally felt: Why an intersectional approach matters

Putting mothers last: The economic injustice of ParentsNext

“I should be able to provide that”: How Welfare-to-Work affects low-income single mothers’ food provision

Four ways The Global Commission on the Future of Work can deliver for women in the gig economy

ParentsNext doesn’t get much right - but it could with some meaningful co-design

Australia’s child support system facilitates economic abuse


Happy holidays from the editors (and a bit of reading you may have missed in 2018)

Start of change: Mapping engagement with male perpetrators of violence

We can’t dismantle systems of violence unless we centre Aboriginal women

Fathers face a flexibility stigma: Time for policy and cultural change to support fathers using flexibility

It’s about time: Time Use Survey returns to make unpaid work visible

The same old story: How Newstart fails single mothers at every turn

More than ticking along: Why Rainbow Tick accreditation matters for faith-based and family violence organisations

Increasing women’s workforce participation: An analysis of the Women’s Economic Security Statement

Snakes and ladders: The experience of single mothers on Welfare to Work

What is Australia doing for children and families? The voluntary national review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Left behind: Are gender equality measures excluding men?

Learning from feminist approaches to evidence based policy: The case of the conflict Tactics Scale

A woman’s struggle: How our system fails to address discrimination at work

For women and children fleeing violence, timely and effective social security support is vital

Bushfire Safety: What's gender got to do with it?

Forced marriage in Australia: Looking beyond the law

Women and unpaid care

Lessons on child and forced marriage: Reflections on progress towards global eradication

What counts as work and income for parents in the new economy? An opportunity lost in the roll out of the new child care package

Where's the gender-osity? Women lose as the federal government reduces the aid budget to record lows

Rosie in the Classroom: A 1950's history teacher's gift to young women today

Women, welfare, and a policy of economic abuse

By all means raise the rate, but while we're at it...

Budget 2018/19 - What's in and what's out to support women with disabilities to thrive

Budget 2018/19 - Indigenous women have few wins and more than their share of losses in the federal budget

Contracted employment services: Obligations placed on single parents fail to help many

Budget 2018/19 - Women in the workforce increasingly isolated & exploited

Rewarding competence - not confidence - offers a step towards equality

Research on gender bias receives less attention  than research on other types of bias

No roses (or support) for the 'undeserving':Deconstructing how Australian policy punishes single mums

A tale of two housing systems: How the Federal budget could support women's housing needs

Economics has a women problem. Here's why you should care

Look beyond Super to close the gender retirement gap

Promoting women's participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Who wins?

'Citizen Joyce', or the experiences of older single mothers in the welfare system

How a human rights frame can advance better policy for women

Women and children being left behind in Australia's mental health priorities

Australia's response to early and forced marriage: Better, but still lacking

How the 'child penalty' matters for domestic and family violence (and what we can do about it)

The impact of political determinants of health must be recognised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women


Serving up inequality: How gender impacts women's relationship to food

Single mothers and the abattoir: A short review of Job Active positions in Shepparton

Gender segregated work and women's rights: A history of Aboriginal oppression (part 2)

Gender segregated work and women’s rights: A history of Aboriginal oppression (part 1)

Betwixt and between: Girls (and boys) in their 'middle years' need tailored support

We need to address questions of gender in assisted dying

Refugee Women on Nauru: The gendered effects of Australia's asylum seeker detention policies

Advocacy and changemaking: Reflections from the Women's Policy Forum

Parents Vexed? ParentsNext is poorly designed to support mothers into work

Hitting a brick wall: How Welfare to Work could support single mothers (but doesn't)

Precarious work and the health cost to women

Productivity and pressure: Social services get an unhealthy squeeze

Women leaving prison and the impacts of debt

The national tragedy of female incarceration

Indigenous women: Rethinking economic security

Income management and Indigenous women

Out of the shadows: What's next in transforming the Victorian family violence sector?

7 Questions: Why doesn't child support add up?

Making the most of diversity lessons from March for Science Australia

Always on edge: The dangers to female couch surfers and their children

Higher child support doesn't lead to welfare dependency for single mums

When volunteering isn't valued: Welfare to Work and mutual obligation requirements

Single parent support and the feminisation of poverty

Can dads be flexible too? Gendered risks and gendered opportunities to reduce work-family conflict

New Zealand's child support reforms - an opportunity lost

Cuts to Australia's aid budget impacts women


Weighing the cost of welfare to work implementation

A tournament of endurance: Does equal pay mean equal time?

Time to rethink the time policy in Welfare to Work

Networking for Change: The role of the national women's alliances in the women's movement

Intersectionality: Tackling privilege, colonisation, oppression, and the elimination of violence against all women

Australia, ageing, and gendered disadvantage

Working Across Boundaries: How insights from feminist thinking can make us better at collaboration

Micro-Aggressions and the Welfare Card

Why Australian Women over 55 aren't exactly enjoying the time of their lives

Aboriginal Women: We have voice, don't speak for us

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all?

Action and Inaction on Policy that Benfits Women

Supporting carers: political discourse limits women's options at every turn

Women and Prison

The deadly consequences of a gender-blind approach to heart disease

Women, ageism and elder abuse

Asbestos, Mesothelioma, and the predictive model 'gender gap'

Women at risk during disasters due to poor understanding of gendered differences

The gender pay gap exists due to an incorrect framing of the problem

Bold leadership needed for transformational change

Why the Women's Budget Statement needs to be reintroduced

An "incident" approach to family violence fails both victims and perpetrators

Promoting girls' and women's participation in STEM education and careers

Workplace policies must change to reflect 21st century realities

Women experiencing domestic violence need expert first contact

Playing the woman's card in the US presidential elections

The cost of gender inequality and family violence

It's a matter of trust: The policies we need to restore our faith in politics

The preferably unheard - Women and the Income Support System

Women receive half the level of support through superannuation than their male counterparts