Reflecting on safety this International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across Australia and the world.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said that International Women’s Day also serves as a time to reflect on the achievements made to end violence against women and children within one generation, and is a poignant reminder of the work that remains.

“Living free of violence is a basic human right. We need to make changes now so the next generation of women and children can live and achieve in a society free from violence,” Minister Rishworth said.

“Women’s safety is a national priority, and one that the Australian Government is providing the leadership required to deliver change.

“Last year, we committed $1.7 billion towards women’s safety initiatives in the October Budget, covering prevention, early intervention, response, through to recovery and healing.”

Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Justine Elliot said it is crucial women and children experiencing violence know support will be there when they need it.

“The broad range of initiatives shows our commitment to our goal of ending violence against women and children in one generation,” Assistant Minister Elliot said.

“We hope this will give people reassurance that when they choose to seek help they will receive the support they need.”

Recent actions taken to improve women’s safety include:

  • Passing legislation to give more than 11 million Australian workers including casuals access to 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Delivering $1.3 billion towards the implementation of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-32, launched in October 2022.
  • Committing $169.4 million for 500 new frontline service and community workers to assist women and children experiencing violence.
  • Allocating $100 million for crisis and transitional housing options for women and children leaving family and domestic violence and older women at risk of homelessness.
  • Appointing the first Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence Commissioner, Ms Micaela Cronin, in November 2022.
  • Expanding 1800RESPECT from 1 July 2022 to offer assistance to people affected by workplace sexual harassment, in response to a recommendation from the Respect@Work report.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit

If you are concerned about your behaviour or use of violence, you can contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.