Labor's commitments

 

Labor has a proud legacy of advancing women’s rights and a long-held commitment to gender equality. 

A Labor Government will introduce a National Gender Equality Strategy to guide whole of government actions to achieve gender equality. 

Childcare

For millions of working women, it’s simply not worth working more than three days a week. This derails careers and deprives working women of opportunities they’ve earned. That is why Labor’s Cheaper Child Care for Working Families will: 

  • Scrap the $10,560 child care subsidy cap which often sees women losing money from an extra day’s work. 
  • Lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 per cent. 
  • Increase child care subsidy rates for every family earning less than $530,000. 

We’ll also get the ACCC to design a price regulation mechanism to drive out of pocket costs down for good, and the Productivity Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of the sector with the aim of implementing a universal 90 per cent subsidy for all families. 

Labor’s plan will provide cheaper childcare for working families so that 97 per cent – more than a million families – are better off, and will remove financial barriers that are a disincentive for second income earners – usually women – to work more hours. 

Three quarters of families who will be better off under Labor’s Cheaper Child Care Plan will miss out on any increase in their child care subsidy under the Liberals’ plan. 

Gender pay equity

A Labor Government will lead a national drive to close the gender pay gap and increase pay for women workers – particularly in caring jobs. Labor will: 

  • Strengthen the ability and capacity of the Fair Work Commission to order pay increases for workers in low paid, female dominated industries. 
  • Legislate so companies with more than 250 employees will have to report their gender pay gap publicly. 
  • Prohibit pay secrecy clauses and give employees the right to disclose their pay, if they want to. 
  • Take action to address the gender pay gap in the Australian Public Service. 

Decent, secure work

Women workers are disproportionately impacted by insecure work. Labor’s Secure Australian Jobs plan will help transform the working lives of many Australian women, including: 

  • Providing more protections for casual workers and better job security. 
  • Delivering better protections for people doing gig work and other “employee-like” forms of work – like women working in aged care and disability care, where gig work is spreading rapidly. 

Women’s safety

Labor will strengthen the National Employment Standards by legislating a right to ten days paid family and domestic violence leave – because women experiencing family violence should not have to choose between leaving a violent relationship and keeping their job. 

Sexual harassment

An Albanese Labor Government will strengthen laws to make it clear employers must take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment at work. The change is a key recommendation of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s [email protected] report. This will confirm that employers have a positive duty to keep their staff safe from sexual harassment.

Labor will work with key stakeholders on how best to fully implement all 55 recommendations from the [email protected] Report. 

Superannuation

Labor will ensure that the legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee – from 9.5% to 12% - goes ahead, despite the repeated attempts by the Government to backpedal on this election promise. This change will mean that Australian women retire with more money, not less. 

Housing

After eight long years in Government, housing affordability has just got worse and there are more homeless Australians than ever before.

An Albanese Labor Government will create a ten billion dollar off-budget Housing Australia Future Fund to build social and affordable housing now and into the future. Over the first five years, it will:  

  • Build 20,000 new social housing properties, including 4,000 homes for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness,  
  • Invest $100 million in crisis and transitional housing for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence, and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness,
  • Build 10,000 affordable homes for the heroes of the pandemic – frontline workers like police, nurses and cleaners that kept us safe,  
  • Provide $200 million for the repair, maintenance and improvements of housing in remote Indigenous communities, where some of the worst housing standards in the world are endured by our First Nations people,  
  • Invest $30 million to build housing and fund specialist services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.    

After the first five years, a portion of the investment returns will be available to fund acute housing needs each year, in perpetuity. This funding will be used for additional crisis housing, transitional housing and long-term social housing in parts of the country with the greatest need.  

This is not just good social policy, it’s also good economic policy.


Labor’s Status of Women Committee and Shadow Minister for Women are further developing our comprehensive women’s policy to take to the next election.

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