The Liberal Government has launched a key strategy to increase the number of women in the workforce.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Towards 2025: Boosting Australian Women’s Workforce Participation strategy outlines the Liberal Government’s roadmap to reduce the gender participation gap by 25 per cent by 2025.
“Getting more women engaged in work is an economic and social priority for the Government – it’s good for women, families, business and our economy,” Mr Porter said.
“Boosting women’s workforce participation is essential to raising living standards and securing Australia’s future prosperity - it has the potential to add up to $25 billion to the Australian economy.”
The Towards 2025 strategy addresses the many factors critical to create the change needed to improve women’s workforce participation and economic independence.
Labour force figures released in June show that under the Liberal Government, women’s employment is at a record high of 5.6 million.
“The workforce gender participation gap is narrowing, but more work needs to be done if we are to achieve our target of reducing the gap by 25 per cent by 2025,” Mr Porter said.
The Towards 2025 strategy incorporates many of the important initiatives outlined in the 2017–18 Budget, that will deliver significant outcomes for Australian women and the economy.
“By delivering practical and innovative programs like Launch into Work and ParentsNext, coupled with our key reforms and record investment in child care, the Liberal Government is investing and committed to assisting more women to enter, return to or remain in work,” Mr Porter said.
The Towards 2025: Boosting Australian Women’s Workforce Participation strategy is available at http://womensworkforceparticipation.pmc.gov.au/