• 01 Mar 2012 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    A ground breaking social enterprise called the BPW Business Incubator Project initiated by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre in Western Australia (Belmont BEC) and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. (TCF Global) and supported by BPW International will launch internationally on March 2 in New York.

    The BPW Business Incubator Project will provide online training and mentoring to develop the business skills and business growth potential of women in new or existing homebased, micro & small businesses.  Webinars on over 40 business topics such as Business Planning, Starting a Fashion Label, Manufacturing Pitfalls, Import/Export and eCommerce will be available.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about global sourcing from women vendors directly from the International Trade Centre.

    The project will be officially launched at a parallel NGO event during the Fifty-sixth Session of the United Nations – Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56) at forum  ‘Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise Development and Global Fashion Opportunities’.

    VIP Guest Speakers will include:

    • Freda Miriklis – President, BPW International
    • Sharon Graubard – Senior Vice President, Trend Analysis, Stylesight
    • Lexy Mojo Eyes – Nigerian Fashion Promoter and President
    • Carol Hanlon – CEO of Belmont BEC, TCF Global and member of BPW Australia and BPW International Asia Pacific Committee

    More details here Women’s Global Business Incubator 010312 and here TCFGLOBALbooklet_CSW HANDBOOK..

  • 03 Feb 2012 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    BPW Australia has released a statement in regard to this historic decision made on the 1st February 2012 by Fair Work Australia.

    Media Release SACS Award Feb 2012


  • 03 Feb 2012 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    BPW Australia has released a statement in regard to this historic decision made on the 1st February 2012 by Fair Work Australia.

    Media Release SACS Award Feb 2012


  • 02 Feb 2012 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    150,000 mainly female workers across Australia, on the 1st February 2012, were granted a historic pay increase with the Full Bench of Fair Work Australia handing down its decision on the Equal Remuneration Case.  The workers affected were those that work with some of the most vulnerable people in the community and are paid under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.  The pay increases will be paid in 9 instalments over the next 8 years and by 2020, the community sector will see total increases of 18% up to 41%!  Congratulations to all those that worked towards this.  A copy of the full Decision can be found at www.fwa.gov.au


  • 08 Dec 2011 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    We know all too well that there’s an increasing need for women and men to work together and engage with each other to achieve greater success and enjoy the shared rewards of a better workplace. Get 2012 off to a good start!

    Together, female and male employees can promote cultural change, improve communication, initiate equity strategies and develop flexible work practices.

    Speakers from UTS, DCA Maddocks, Coles Myer and ABC will share how to:
    • Promote better collaboration between women and men
    • Introduce equity initiatives and measure their success
    • Prove the value of flexible work practices
    • Overcome unconscious biases and negative attitudes

    BPW Australia Members can save $250 by registering by 9 December. Click here for further information and to book.


  • 11 Nov 2011 3:59 PM | Anonymous

    Today will be go down in the annals of equal pay history; the Labor government commitment to fund pay rises for thousands of women finally gives recognition of the invaluable work provided by workers in the social and community sector (SACS).

    BPW Australia president Marilyn Forsythe applauded the government’s action to support pay rises averaging 20% to workers who have historically been unpaid and undervalued. “We have been lobbying for equal pay for more than 30 years and this is one big step in  clawing back our gender pay gap,” Ms Forsythe said.

    As a proud partner of the Equal Pay Alliance we have lent our support to the unions and workers involved in this case and hope that the Federal government commitment will be echoed by all States and territories across Australia.

    Of the 150,000 SACS workers there are 120,000 women – they look after the homeless, the disabled, refugees, domestic violence victims, children at risk and other vulnerable people in our society.  “They have our admiration – but they need a fair wage” said Ms Forsythe.

    With our gender pay gap steady at 18% we hope that this, along with other initiatives such as the current review of the Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Act, combine to deliver real equal pay for working women.

    For more information contact Marilyn Forsythe on 0412259656

    Media Contact: Sandra Cook, National Director of Policy, 0409608344

  • 10 Nov 2011 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the Government will provide over $2 billion to deliver an historic pay rise to 150,000 of Australia’s lowest paid workers in the social and community services sector – the vast majority of them women.  This is an important step on the road to closing the long-standing pay gap between men and women and delivering fairness to the workplace. Workers in this sector have been underpaid for too long because their work was viewed as women’s work. They work in incredibly challenging jobs, including: Working with people with disabilities; Counselling families in crisis; Running homeless shelters, and working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

  • 31 Aug 2011 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    A 17.2% gender wage gap is hardly cause for celebration but Equal Pay Day is not going unnoticed. BPW clubs across Australia are holding events through September. Whether it is a gala dinner in South Australia, breakfast in Queensland, dinners with Michaelia Cash, the Shadow Parliamentary secretary for Status of Women in Western Australia, cohosting a seminar with Office of Women’s Policy in the Northern Territory, “Unhappy Hour” in NSW or listening to company CEOs in Victoria such as Dr Robyn Gregory or Jen Dalitz  -  we have the nation covered!

    We’ve also grown the Equal Pay Alliance and worked with economicSecurity4Women on two surveys on gender pay equity – go to www.equalpayday.com.au for more.

    Our Alliance partners and supporters have collaborated to ensure there is a united front across all aspects of this issue. The ACTU will  highlight the gender implications of the Social and Community Service workers pay equity case at its morning tea, while the Diversity Council of Australia is collaborating with EOWA in their public talk “Show me the Money”.

    Events (thus far)

    BPW Melbourne North West 19th Sept Dr. Robyn Gregory, CEO Women’s Health West
    BPW Geelong 9th September EPD  lunch Jen Dalitz SheEO Sphinx
    BPW Darwin 1st September with Office Women’s Policy Darwin  EPD Seminar
    BPW Caboolture 2nd September EPD breakfast 18% discount
    BPW Adelaide 3rd September Red Purse Gala Dinner
    BPW Mid City and Melbourne North West Victoria, 22nd September “Fitted for Work”
    BPW Joondalup 9th August with Senator Michaelia Cash, Shadow Parliamentary    Secretary for Status of Women
    BPW Coffs Harbour 1st September, “Unhappy Hour” Coast Hotel
    BPW Maitland 17th August and 7th September
    BPW South West Victoria 6th September
    Business Women’s Network Coffs Harbour 1st September breakfast
    Diversity Council Australia , Sydney 1st September  - Show me the Money,
    ACTU and VTHC Melbourne 1st September with Jeff Lawrence
    Women’s Health West 1st September Footscray “Flash Mob”

  • 01 Aug 2011 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Influence policy development and shape the future for Australian women

    BPW Australia’s annual National Policy Summit  Leading with Advocacy & Action took place in Adelaide on 3 September.

    This year’s Summit focused on women’s economic empowerment and the annual Red Purse Gala Dinner marking Equal Pay Day.  Full details at www.bpwaustralia.wildapricot.org/summit/

  • 31 Jul 2011 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Marking a gender wage gap of over 17% nationally, Equal Pay Day was 1 September 2011 in Australia.  Which means women have to work an extra 63 days from the end of the financial year to match what men earn in 365 days.  Hear more in this podcast from 3CR at www.womenontheline.org.au

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