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National strategy to achieve gender equality: discussion paper

Gender equality Public opinion Australia

Over the years, Australia has made great progress towards gender equality including through implementation of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, establishing the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), introducing paid parental leave, and introducing a National plan to end violence against women and children. There has also been support for gender equality increasing over time, with research showing most Australians now support gender equality. However, there is also evidence that, in a number of areas, progress is slowing or stalled.

The National strategy to achieve gender equality will guide whole of community action to help make Australia one of the best countries in the world for equality between women and men. It is an important mechanism to elevate and prioritise actions that will achieve gender equality.

This discussion paper has been developed to support discussion and reflection on gender equality in Australia to inform the strategy. It is designed as a stand-alone document to inform the public on the current situation of gender equality in Australia on a general level.

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