Women's budget statement

Stop budgeting like it's 1983: Reinstate the Women's Budget Statement

The Women’s Budget Statement was introduced in Australia in 1984 and dropped by Tony Abbott in his capacity as Minister for Women in 2014.

It's an essential mechanism for ensuring the budget delivers gender equality. Before it was abolished it provided a comprehensive overview of how much budget allocations across different government departments - like Housing, Health, Education, Foreign Affairs, Treasury - were really meeting the needs of women. 

As the Minister responsible for introducing the statement says: "The Budget had been designed by men, for men and before the Statement was introduced, everyone assumed that would work for women as well. It didn't, obviously."

Fair Agenda is partnering with ActionAid Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women, and Women's Electoral Lobby to call for the Federal Government to reinstate the Federal Budget. Can you join the campaign?

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To the Minister for Women Michaelia Cash, Treasurer Scott Morrison, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

We call on you to reinstate the Women’s Budget Statement, and ensure that it becomes part of a comprehensive gender-responsive budgeting process in Australia.

Gender-responsive budgeting is critical to ensuring that gender equality is addressed across the entire budgeting process, from budget and policy drafting to reporting on the impact of Government initiatives. 

We encourage you to reinstate the Women’s Budget Statement and improve upon it to ensure:

  • It is integrated with gender-responsive budgeting during budget planning cycles
  • It covers expenditure across all Government Departments, rather than just initiatives specifically targeting women
  • It is done independently of Government by the Parliamentary Budget Office, and with input from the women’s sector


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