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Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues

More than $325,000 to further assist the status of women Released: 31 May2006 Released by: The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Ten national women’s non-government organisations will share in over $325,000 in Howard Government funding to undertake projects to improve the status of women in Australia.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced ten projects would receive funding under the second grant round in 2005-06 of the four year $15 million Women’s Leadership and Development Programme.

“The Program provides up to $50,000 funding for projects which contribute to public policy or service development, and up to $25,000 for projects helping women’s non-government organisations become more effective,” Minister Bishop said.

Projects must be relevant to current women’s issues and address at least one of the following policy goals:

z Economic self-sufficiency

and security for women; z Improving the status and

position of women;

z Elimination of violence in the lives of women; and

z The health and wellbeing of women.

“This year, for the first time, two grant rounds have been undertaken, and this second round of funding will see a total of $232,000 for six policy projects, including one project showcasing the achievements of Indigenous nurses,” Minister Bishop said.

“A further $93,572 will be distributed for four capacity building projects, including a project, which will assist women and girls in rural and remote areas to participate in organisational leadership and capacity building activities.

“This round of funding delivers on the Howard Government’s election commitment to continue its focus on leadership and capacity building for women.”

Media Contacts:

Ms Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155

Project Grants

Capacity Building

Organisation Project Title Project Aim

Funding ($)


National Corporate Governance Training for Young Women

To increase young women's participation in corporate and NGO leadership by increasing the pool of trained and knowledgeable young women for potential directorship opportunities.


Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)

Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)

To increase the participation and advancement of women in local government by revising and republishing the 2001 National Framework for Women in Local Government.


Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)

In Our Own Right - The Video

To help raise the profile and increase recruitment and retention of indigenous women in nursing by producing a video version of the In Our Own Right book, showcasing the achievements of indigenous nurses, who are predominantly women.


Australian Women in IT and Science Entity (AWISE)

AWISE National Leadership Workshop: Six Tasks for Passionate Leaders

To improve the confidence and leadership skills required for women to lead businesses in the IT and science sector, through leadership training. 50,000

Netball Australia Women’s Participation in Sport - A Study of Netball

To use the community of netball to investigate the enablers and barriers to the participation of women in sports as participants, and as administrators.



Powerful Women Photographic Exhibition

To mark the 30th anniversary of UNIFEM by promoting and acknowledging the important role of women in our society through a photographic exhibition to tour Australia.


Organisation Project Title Project Aim

Funding ($)

Professional Women’s Network (PWN)

Women’s Mentoring Database

To strengthen the capacity of the organisation's ability to enhance the employment, social and economic interests of professional women through the development of an online version of the mentoring database.


Australian Government Office for Women Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - Box 7788, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610

Telephone 1800 808 863 - Facsimile +61 6212 9572 - Email

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Sisters Inside

Australian Women in Prison Network

To re-establish the Australian Women in Prison Network to work together with and for women in the criminal justice system, affecting beneficial change. 25,00

Girls’ Brigade

Girls’ Brigade National Conference

To enable organisation leaders who are in isolated regions to attend a triennial National Conference, thereby participating in policy development for the organisation.


National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA)

NCWA Advisor Training Project

To increase the effectiveness of the members of NCWA to participate in public policy debate by providing in-person and online training. 25,000