This is the Andrews Labor Government’s third Gender Equality Budget Statement.

And as one of the many reforms included in 'Safe and Strong' – our state’s first Gender Equality Strategy – it helps ensure gender equality is given the priority it deserves.

It also demonstrates that, from education to employment, healthcare to justice, advancing gender equality is at the heart of our Government’s agenda.

These are not mere words.

Because across our Government – and across our state – our commitment is illustrated through our nation-leading reform and action.

But we know when it comes to driving real cultural change, we need long-term commitment.  

It’s why the Victorian Budget 2019/20 continues our existing efforts and investments, with:

  • $976 million to ensure more women achieve economic security
  • $185 million in funding to continue working to end family violence
  • $115 million to support and promote women’s participation in sport in addition to investments in the Local Sports Grants initiative
  • $98.8 million for initiatives addressing maternal and reproductive health, as well as ongoing advocacy work in our rural communities

These investments are in addition to our broader policies and programs dedicated to addressing disadvantage and discrimination.

Because we know: a better future for our state depends upon a better, more equal future for Victorian women.

Gabrielle Williams
Minister for Women
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence

Reviewed 24 May 2019

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