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The issues highlighted on Fair Agenda’s scorecard are those that the Fair Agenda community have been campaigning on; and align with the issue priorities set in our annual member survey.

 

What were the questions? (click to view)

The issues highlighted in Fair Agenda’s scorecard are the four that Fair Agenda members have been campaigning on, and correspondence with the issue priorities set by Fair Agenda members in our most recent member survey. The questions asked have been developed in conjunction with experts in that area.

 

The questions about funding to address family violence (click to view)

These questions are being asked in partnership with a number of domestic and family violence peak bodies, including: Domestic Violence NSW, Domestic Violence Victoria, National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum, National Association of Community Legal Centres and No To Violence. 

Q1. Inadequate and unpredictable funding for family and domestic violence services limits the capacity of organisations to respond to the urgent and ongoing needs of people experiencing family violence.

1A. Would your party support the implementation of guaranteed, long-term funding and a ten year plan for workforce capability and development framework for services that work to prevent gender-based violence, support women and children, and intervene with perpetrators? 

1B. Do you commit to ensuring funding for domestic and family violence related services is allocated to service providers with specialist expertise in the gendered nature and dynamics of domestic and family violence and its impact on victim survivors?

Q2. Inadequate and unpredictable funding for family and domestic violence services limits the capacity of specialist agencies to respond to the urgent and ongoing needs of those affected. How much extra funding will your Party provide to specialist agencies to meet unmet demand?

Q3. Family Violence Prevention Legal Services provide specialist and culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but are currently limited to just 14 locations.

3A. These services have not received the standard CPI level increase on their direct funding since 2013, the equivalent of a $9 million real loss of funding. Would you reinstate this funding?

3B. Would your Party commit to providing long term increased funding to properly resource the capacity of the current Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and to increase geographic coverage of FVPLS including to urban, rural and remote areas - estimated at an additional $28 million annually? 

3C. Will your party commit to long-term, ongoing funding for the National FVPLS Forum?

Q4. Community Legal Centres provide vital free legal advice to hundreds of thousands of people across Australia every year, including people experiencing family violence.

4A. Community legal centres continue to face funding uncertainty and are insufficiently funded to meet rising demand for services. In 2014 the Productivity Commission recommended that an immediate injection of at least $120 million per year of additional federal funding was required by the legal assistance sector to meet demand. This would mean at least $14.4 million additional federal government funding per year for Community Legal Centres alone. Will your party commit to at least $14.4 million additional core funding per year for community legal centres?

4B. A number of community legal centres have specialist family violence units and health justice partnerships. A recent evaluation of these units and partnerships highlighted the significant difference they make in the lives of women experiencing family violence. Would your Party support and provide funding for national roll-out of these units and partnerships?

Q5. Would your Party provide additional federal funding to expand perpetrator responses and interventions, including men’s behaviour change programs, case management, fathering programs and other specialist interventions, estimated by No To Violence to require an additional $88.2 million of federal funding annually?

Q6. Our Watch is the National Foundation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children. It oversees and leads the implementation of the national strategy to prevent violence against women. Does your Party support the provision of long term, core funding of Our Watch of $5 million annually?

Q7. Does your party commit to develop a new National Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children after 2022 based on consultation with the specialist sexual, domestic and family violence sector and incorporating learnings from the evaluation of the current plan?

Q8. Would your Party support investment to build the capacity of practitioners in community groups, government, organisations and key sectors to ensure they have expertise in the prevention of violence, and are able to expand the reach of current primary prevention activities?  

Q9. Would your Party commit to reviewing the domestic and family violence system to identify the funding gaps that are within the Commonwealth’s area of responsibility?

9A. Does your Party commit to develop a national strategy for ensuring all people affected by domestic and family violence can access emergency, transitional, long-term and affordable housing, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTIQ people and people with a disability?

9B. How much additional funding would your Party commit to ensuring children and young people who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic and family violence receive early and ongoing specialist support that is tailored to their unique and complex needs?

 

The questions about ParentsNext (click to view)

The Australian Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Law Centre have criticised the ParentsNext program as inconsistent with Australia's human rights obligations, saying it unjustifiably discriminates against women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Q1. Will your party abandon the current ParentsNext program?

Q2. Will your party end the application of compliance frameworks that threaten parenting payments based on the completion of activities?

Q3. Will your party make the receipt of parenting payments unconditional for parents with children under six years (i.e. not impose activity requirements as a pre-condition to receiving the parenting payment)?

Q4. Will your party commit to work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to co-create voluntary programs that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to achieve their goals and promote self-determination?*

*Please note: the party responses to this question did not provide enough information to enable us to feel like we could fairly and appropriately score them in this area, so while it was asked we have not included a score for this question.

 

The questions about university sexual violence (click to view)

This question is asked in partnership with End Rape on Campus Australia and the National Union of Students.

Q1. Sexual violence is the most significant safety issue on university campuses right now. Too many universities and residences are still failing to appropriately respond to, and prevent, sexual violence.

Will your party commit to establish an independent and expert-led Taskforce to track, assess and publicly report on university and residences’ measures to prevent and improve responses to sexual violence?

 

The questions about workplace sexual harassment (click to view)

More than 100 groups recently launched the “Power to Prevent” roadmap to address workplace sexual harassment in Australia. These questions relate to your party’s commitment to the five areas of reforms called for by those organisations.

Q1. What are your party’s policies to ensure dedicated prevention efforts to address the underlying gendered drivers of sexual harassment?

1.A Will you invest in integrated strategies for primary prevention, aligned with the national framework, Change the Story – both within workplaces and across the broader community?, and build capacity of employers to prevent sexual harassment?

Q2. What are your party’s policies on providing stronger and clearer legal duties on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work, and to ensure regulators are more effectively able to tackle sexual harassment?

2.A Will you amend work health and safety regulations and Codes of Practice to create an enforceable framework to prevent and address sexual harassment?

2.B. Will you ensure Commonwealth work health and safety agencies are resourced and trained to effectively address sexual harassment?

2.C. Will you updated Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws to impose an enforceable positive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, supplemented by guidelines for compliance?

2.D. Will you grant the Commonwealth human rights commissions greater investigation powers, the power to enter into enforceable undertakings, and the power to issue compliance notices, to more effectively address sexual harassment?

Q3. What are your party’s policies to ensure access to fair, effective and efficient complaints processes?

3.A Will you amend the Fair Work Act to protect workers from sexual harassment with a stand-alone civil remedy provision to enable the Fair Work Commission to receive complaints and the Fair Work Ombudsman to tackle sexual harassment?

3.B Will you amend Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation to extend the time limit for bringing a complaint to 6 years?

3.C Will you resource the Commonwealth human rights commission to reduce the current wait times for conciliation?

Q4. What are your parties’ policies to ensure access to appropriate advocacy and support for workers who experience sexual harassment, including access to information, counseling and legal services?

4.A Will you fund specialist support services to assist people who have experienced sexual harassment?

Q5. What are your party’s policies to ensure accessible reporting tools?

5.A Will you pilot an online reporting tool that assists people to report and address problem behaviour and seek support, and identify trends to assist with prevention and enforcement efforts?

 

Who did the scoring? (click to view)

The scores in each category have been developed in consultation with policy experts.

The survey questions and scores on family violence policy have been developed in consultation with: Domestic Violence NSW, Domestic Violence Victoria, National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum, National Association of Community Legal Centres and No to Violence.

The scores on workplace harassment have been developed in conjunction with NOW Australia.

The scores relating to a Taskforce on campus sexual violence have been developed in conjunction with campaign partners End Rape on Campus Australia and National Union of Students.

The scores relating to ParentsNext have been developed in conjunction with the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.

 

How were scores calculated? (click to view)

Scores in each category were awarded against the survey questions; and agreed in consultation with partners with relevant policy expertise.

You can view the exact scores for each party on the party scores page.

Scoring on funding to address family violence

The parties were asked a series of questions put together by family violence experts.

Their policies for family violence funding were scored out of a possible 10:

  • 1 point was available for their policy to guaranteed long-term funding and workforce capacity development for specialist services
  • 2 points were available for their policy to extra funding for specialist agencies to meet unmet demand
  • 1 point was available for policy to funding the specialist and culturally safe Family Violence Prevention Legal Services.
  • 1 point was available for their policy on funding Community Legal Centres.
  • 1 point was available for their policy on resourcing perpetrator interventions
  • 1 point was available for their policy on resourcing of Our Watch
  • 1 point was available for their policy on developing a new National Plan
  • 1 point was available for their policy on investing in capacity building and expanding primary prevention activities
  • 1 point was available for their policy on identifying and resourcing gaps

 

Scoring on a Taskforce on campus sexual violence

The scores relating to a Taskforce on campus sexual violence have been developed in conjunction with campaign partners End Rape on Campus Australia and National Union of Students.

Their policies were scored out of a possible 1.

 

Scoring on workplace sexual harassment

The parties were asked a series of questions put together by Fair Agenda and NOW Australia.

Their policies for addressing workplace sexual harassment were scored out of a possible 5:

  • 1 point was available for their policies on prevention
  • 1 point was available for their policies on stronger and clearer legal duties
  • 1 point was available for policies on complaints processes
  • 1 point was available for their policy on advocacy and support for workers who experience sexual harassment
  • 1 point was available for their policies on accessible reporting tools.

 

Scoring on ParentsNext

The scores relating to ParentsNext have been developed in conjunction with the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.

Their policies for addressing workplace sexual harassment were scored out of a possible 3:

  • 1 point was available for their policy on abandoning the current ParentsNext policy
  • 1 point was available for their policy to end the application of compliance frameworks
  • 1 point was available for their policy to make the receipt of parenting payments unconditional for parents with children under six year

 

Where can I see the parties' responses (click to view)

The responses submitted in response to Fair Agenda's election survey are available by clicking on the links below:

The Australian Labor Party (click to open)

Coalition (Liberal and National Parties) (click to open)

The Greens (click to open)

 

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