CEW Submissions

Chief Executive Women is an advocacy as well as a networking organisation.

As part of its mission to enable more women leaders, CEW regularly makes submissions to government and other bodies in relation to policy about gender and related issues.

Leveraging women’s participation and leadership is one of the most effective actions for business and government to boost the Australian economy. As we build for recovery, while facing critical labour and skills shortages, we need to invest in our people and place care at the centre of our economy.

CEW recommends the following actions to address the arrangements of work and care in Australia that are necessary to improve women’s economic opportunities and economic equality in Australia:

  1. Invest in a care workforce with well-paid, secure jobs.
  2. Make quality early childhood education and care accessible and affordable
  3. Expand the Commonwealth Paid Parental leave scheme for all parents
  4. Make workplaces safe from sexual harassment
  5. Embed gender responsive budgeting and gender impact analysis of policy and budgets

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Leveraging women’s participation and leadership is one of the most effective actions for business and government to boost the Australian economy. As we build for recovery, while facing critical labour and skills shortages, we need to invest in our people and place care at the centre of our economy.

We welcome the intent to ensure gender equality is a cross-cutting focus during the Jobs and Skills Summit and a strong overarching focus on ensuring women have equal opportunities and equal pay. We know that when we harness diverse leadership at every decision-making table, we will build a better Australia for all.

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CEW submitted a response to the NSW Treasury for its NSW Women’s Economic Opportunities Review. Sam Mostyn AO chairs the independent women’s economic advisory panel established recently to inform this Review. The response highlights CEW’s policy priorities, framed within the NSW context.

CEW Response: Submission for NSW Women’s Economic Opportunities Review

2022: CEW Submission for the Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children (2022-32)

CEW submitted a response to the Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2022-2032 in a letter to Anne Ruston, Minister for Women’s Safety.

CEW Response: Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children (2022-32)

 

CEW recommends the following key policy solutions for the 2022-23 Budget to boost the Australian economy:

  1. Expand the Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave scheme for men and women
  2. Make quality early childhood education and care accessible
  3. Make work a safe place for all
  4. Invest in well-paid, secure jobs in growth industries, including care sectors

 Read our submission: 2022/23 Pre-Budget Submission January 2022 

Following their introduction to the Commonwealth Parliament, these Bills were referred to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Chief Executive Women recommends the Bills, as drafted, should not be passed and specifically draft Clauses 12 and 15 should be removed.

In their current form, the Bills could override existing protections from discrimination and prevent Australian businesses from fostering safe and inclusive cultures.

Read our submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Read our submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 

Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
Chief Executive Women welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission in response to the Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Workplace Gender Equality Act).

The Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 provides an important opportunity to enhance and strengthen the mechanisms for driving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Read our submission

This submission focuses on the new Safe and Strong Strategy Pillar: Leadership Representation.  Drawing on contemporary research and CEW member’s experience, CEW makes practical recommendations necessary for achieving gender balanced leadership and removing the complex barriers to women’s progression and economic security in Victoria.

Read our submission: https://cew.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CEW-Submission-Engage-Victoria-Safe-and-Strong-Strategy-2022-181021-clean.pdf

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill

Read our submission: CEW Respect at Work

CEW sets out 5 key policy priorities for action in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to build a strong recovery and a stronger economy:

  1. Invest in job creation for women and female dominated industries
  2. Enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care (ECEC)
  3. Strengthen women’s economic security into retirement
  4. Invest in women’s safety and wellbeing
  5. Underpinning all this, Government must embed a gender lens in the budget and policy process and ensure gender balance in decision-making spaces and structures

Read our submission: CEW Pre-Budget Submission

CEW has long advocated for improved early childhood education and care (ECEC) affordability to increase primary care givers’ (particularly women) opportunities to work and grow their household income and superannuation, while Australian businesses benefit from improved access to a broader pool of experienced talent.

Read our submission: CEW Childcare Advocacy Paper

CEW Pre-Budget Submission sets out 4 key policy priorities for action in the 2020-21 Federal Budget, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Embed a gender lens in policy;
2. Enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care;
3. Boost recovery through investment in female dominated industries; and
4. Strengthen women’s economic security into retirement.

Read our submission: CEW Pre-Budget Submission

CEW recently produced a Submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19 inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Submission sets out four key policy priorities for action in the recovery from COVID-19: embed a gender lens in policy, enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care, strengthen women’s economic security across the working life course and into retirement, and facilitate ongoing flexible work for both men and women.

As Australia seeks to rebuild its economy, CEW’s recommendations offer practical solutions to capitalise on our full productivity and workforce participation.

Read our submission: CEW COVID-19 Enquiry into Australian Government’s response to the Pandemic

CEW has been working with a range of stakeholders to develop recommendations regarding the early childhood sector. The Federal Government’s early childhood relief package has allowed essential workers and people who have work to continue being productive and contributing to the economy. As we recover, we need an environment where people have the maximum flexibility to respond to employment opportunities. The following statement outlines our recommended approach.
Read our submission: CEW Ensuring childcare supports economic recovery

Superannuation, the aged pension and voluntary savings are all vital pillars of the retirement income support system in Australia.
This submission provides 8 recommendations which focus on:
• Equity of the retirement income support system;
• Bringing a gendered lens to retirement income; and
• Retirement income accrued through workforce participation.
Read our submission: CEW_PositionPaper_RetirementIncomeReview2020

CEW has submitted their first Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury and relevant Ministers. CEW’s submission sets out four key policy priorities for action in the 2020-21 Federal Budget: embedding a gender lens in policy; enabling women’s workforce participation and progression; strengthening women’s economic security; advancing gender equality in the workplace: Read more. CEW_PreBudgetSubmission_2020_21

2019: CEW Submission – CEW is pleased to submit our response to the WA Government discussion paper – Women’s Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together Read the full submission
2017: CEW Submission – Foreign Policy White Paper Read the full submission
2015: CEW Letter of Support – Women’s Electoral Lobby Commonwealth funding for women’s refuges and related services. Read the full letter of support
Chief Executive Women (CEW) is pleased to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Fairer Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2015. Read the full submission
Chief Executive Women (CEW) is pleased to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Gender Balanced Representation Bill 2015. Read the full submission
CEW believes the well-being and welfare of our children must be at the centre of Australia’s policy decision-making. Read the full submission
CEDA Women in Leadership Series, by Jenny Fagg, Member, Thought Leadership Committee, CEW Read the full submission
In response to the Board Diversity Consultation Paper released by the NSW Government on 16 September 2010, CEW submitted 6 recommendations covering: a target of at least 40% of either gender on NSW Government boards and committees by 2014; transparent governance and appointment processes; annual reporting on board and committee composition and gender mix; use of databases with search and screening capabilities; selection process based on firstly competency and skills, and secondly gender balance; and communication and education. Read the full submission

CEW submitted a response to the NSW Treasury for its NSW Women’s Economic Opportunities Review. Sam Mostyn AO chairs the independent women’s economic advisory panel established recently to inform this Review. The response highlights CEW’s policy priorities, framed within the NSW context.

CEW Response: Submission for NSW Women’s Economic Opportunities Review 

2022: CEW Submission for the Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children (2022-32)

CEW submitted a response to the Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2022-2032 in a letter to Anne Ruston, Minister for Women’s Safety.

CEW Response: Draft National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children (2022-32)

 

CEW recommends the following key policy solutions for the 2022-23 Budget to boost the Australian economy:

  1. Expand the Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave scheme for men and women
  2. Make quality early childhood education and care accessible
  3. Make work a safe place for all
  4. Invest in well-paid, secure jobs in growth industries, including care sectors

 Read our submission: 2022/23 Pre-Budget Submission January 2022 

Following their introduction to the Commonwealth Parliament, these Bills were referred to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Chief Executive Women recommends the Bills, as drafted, should not be passed and specifically draft Clauses 12 and 15 should be removed.

In their current form, the Bills could override existing protections from discrimination and prevent Australian businesses from fostering safe and inclusive cultures.

Read our submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Read our submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 

Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
Chief Executive Women welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission in response to the Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Workplace Gender Equality Act).

The Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 provides an important opportunity to enhance and strengthen the mechanisms for driving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Read our submission

This submission focuses on the new Safe and Strong Strategy Pillar: Leadership Representation.  Drawing on contemporary research and CEW member’s experience, CEW makes practical recommendations necessary for achieving gender balanced leadership and removing the complex barriers to women’s progression and economic security in Victoria.

Read our submission: https://cew.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CEW-Submission-Engage-Victoria-Safe-and-Strong-Strategy-2022-181021-clean.pdf

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill

Read our submission: CEW Respect at Work

CEW sets out 5 key policy priorities for action in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to build a strong recovery and a stronger economy:

  1. Invest in job creation for women and female dominated industries
  2. Enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care (ECEC)
  3. Strengthen women’s economic security into retirement
  4. Invest in women’s safety and wellbeing
  5. Underpinning all this, Government must embed a gender lens in the budget and policy process and ensure gender balance in decision-making spaces and structures

Read our submission: CEW Pre-Budget Submission

CEW has long advocated for improved early childhood education and care (ECEC) affordability to increase primary care givers’ (particularly women) opportunities to work and grow their household income and superannuation, while Australian businesses benefit from improved access to a broader pool of experienced talent.

Read our submission: CEW Childcare Advocacy Paper

CEW Pre-Budget Submission sets out 4 key policy priorities for action in the 2020-21 Federal Budget, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Embed a gender lens in policy;
2. Enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care;
3. Boost recovery through investment in female dominated industries; and
4. Strengthen women’s economic security into retirement.

Read our submission: CEW Pre-Budget Submission

CEW recently produced a Submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19 inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Submission sets out four key policy priorities for action in the recovery from COVID-19: embed a gender lens in policy, enable women’s workforce participation through accessible early childhood education and care, strengthen women’s economic security across the working life course and into retirement, and facilitate ongoing flexible work for both men and women.

As Australia seeks to rebuild its economy, CEW’s recommendations offer practical solutions to capitalise on our full productivity and workforce participation.

Read our submission: CEW COVID-19 Enquiry into Australian Government’s response to the Pandemic

CEW has been working with a range of stakeholders to develop recommendations regarding the early childhood sector. The Federal Government’s early childhood relief package has allowed essential workers and people who have work to continue being productive and contributing to the economy. As we recover, we need an environment where people have the maximum flexibility to respond to employment opportunities. The following statement outlines our recommended approach.
Read our submission: CEW Ensuring childcare supports economic recovery

Superannuation, the aged pension and voluntary savings are all vital pillars of the retirement income support system in Australia.
This submission provides 8 recommendations which focus on:
• Equity of the retirement income support system;
• Bringing a gendered lens to retirement income; and
• Retirement income accrued through workforce participation.
Read our submission: CEW_PositionPaper_RetirementIncomeReview2020

CEW has submitted their first Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury and relevant Ministers. CEW’s submission sets out four key policy priorities for action in the 2020-21 Federal Budget: embedding a gender lens in policy; enabling women’s workforce participation and progression; strengthening women’s economic security; advancing gender equality in the workplace: Read more. CEW_PreBudgetSubmission_2020_21

2019: CEW Submission – CEW is pleased to submit our response to the WA Government discussion paper – Women’s Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together Read the full submission
2017: CEW Submission – Foreign Policy White Paper Read the full submission
2015: CEW Letter of Support – Women’s Electoral Lobby Commonwealth funding for women’s refuges and related services. Read the full letter of support
Chief Executive Women (CEW) is pleased to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Fairer Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2015. Read the full submission
Chief Executive Women (CEW) is pleased to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Gender Balanced Representation Bill 2015. Read the full submission
CEW believes the well-being and welfare of our children must be at the centre of Australia’s policy decision-making. Read the full submission
CEDA Women in Leadership Series, by Jenny Fagg, Member, Thought Leadership Committee, CEW Read the full submission
In response to the Board Diversity Consultation Paper released by the NSW Government on 16 September 2010, CEW submitted 6 recommendations covering: a target of at least 40% of either gender on NSW Government boards and committees by 2014; transparent governance and appointment processes; annual reporting on board and committee composition and gender mix; use of databases with search and screening capabilities; selection process based on firstly competency and skills, and secondly gender balance; and communication and education. Read the full submission