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.

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