Women's budget statement

Reinstate the Women's Budget Statement

We deserve an economy and budget that benefits everyone. Last year's budget treated women as an afterthought. The absence of the government's gender lens analysis of who will (and won't) benefit from key policies couldn't be more apparent. 

A Women’s Budget Statement is an essential mechanism for ensuring the budget delivers for everyne. Before it was abolished by Tony Abbott in 2014 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 said: "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."

Will you add your name to call on the Govt to restore the Women's Budget Statement? 


To Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 

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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Jon , 3031  /  signed 2017-05-18 17:00:43 +1000
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Shelly , 0610  /  signed 2017-05-18 16:59:54 +1000
"Why are you denying the reality for close to half the population! It’s absurd. Male, pale and stale!"
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"It is an independent assessment of how the budget will impact women. Given the gender pay gap and the low representation of women in parliament, it is important to know how government policy affects women and whether current policy is making any attempts to ameliorate the needs of women."
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