Budget strengthens women’s safety and economic security

Queensland women and girls are at the forefront of the Palaszczuk government’s 2022-2023 budget.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today released the Government’s Budget Statement for Women 2022-23 and said the budget builds on the momentum generated by the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2022-27 with continued investment in initiatives that enhance women’s safety and economic security.

“Our government is committed to building a Queensland where women and girls have equal access to the opportunities our great state offers,” the Premier said.

“The safety of women and the fight against violence against them remain a top priority.

“This budget includes investing $363 million to respond to the first report of the Women’s Safety and Justice Task Force.

“This investment in our systems, communities and first responders will increase our ability to understand, identify and respond to coercive control and enable us to criminalize this all too common form of abuse.

“We are providing total funding of $60.4 million over four years and $19.1 million per year ongoing to continue to roll out specialized domestic and family law courts,” she said.

“More than $164 million will support our dedicated and dedicated domestic, family and sexual violence services this year.

“And on top of that, we’re investing $163.4 million to provide specialized homelessness housing, support and services to our state’s most vulnerable people, including older women and people who are victims of violence. home and family.”

Minister for Women and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Shannon Fentiman said gender equality is directly linked to women’s economic independence, which is why the budget continued to invest in women’s economic participation and skills pathways.

“When women and girls can fully participate in all aspects of society, the economy and the state are strengthened,” said Minister Fentiman.

“The 2022-23 budget includes $100 million in funding for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program to give vulnerable Queenslanders the practical support they need to get a qualification and find a job.

“In addition, the Female Founders Program will invest $890,000 to continue to deliver a suite of support and capacity programs to help Queensland women start and grow innovative businesses.

“We are also investing $35 million through the Back to Work program, which will continue to help women, young people, First Nations people, people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed in Queensland get back to work.”

Minister Fentiman said the budget includes significant support for women and girls who interact with the justice system, including those affected by domestic and family violence.

“The Palaszczuk government is implementing significant justice system reforms to prioritize the safety of victims, hold perpetrators to account, and ensure those affected by domestic and family violence are supported by the justice system,” she said.

“These specialist courts have proven effective in providing specialist services and comprehensive support to victims of domestic and family violence.

“In addition, we are investing $2.7 million in 2022-23 in programs for women who come into contact with the courts, to reduce their risk of entering or returning to prison.

Minister Fentiman said she was proud of the investment the Queensland Government was making in empowering and recognizing women.

“We recognize the resilience and strength of women of diverse experiences and backgrounds and continue to invest in initiatives that improve their safety and provide the same opportunities as everyone else.”

In 2022-2023, the budget provides for:

  • $45.9 million to 43 Intensive Family Support Services to support families facing multiple and complex challenges
  • $14.3 million to provide pupils at all Queensland state schools, outdoor education centers and student residences and 16 non-state schools with free access to period products as part of the expanded initiative Sharing Dignity in Queensland Schools
  • $2.8 million to encourage young Indigenous women and Torres Strait Islander youth to remain actively engaged in education and complete their 12th grade by participating in school engagement programs delivered by the Stars Foundation, Netball Queensland and the Brisbane Broncos
  • $7.7 million on an annual rolling basis to expand elder abuse prevention and response services
  • $540,000 a year for the Investing in Queensland Women grant program to support events and projects that advance gender equality, respect for women, and promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of women and girls statewide
  • $1.5 million over three years for the Gender Based Release Support Service for girls and young women aged 10 to 17 at risk of remand
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Mara R. Wilmoth