BPW Australia is one of the founding NGOs of economicSecurity4Women (eS4W) – one of five National Women’s Alliances funded by the Office for Women,  Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The role of the National Alliances is to:

  • work collaboratively to provide informed and representative advice to government on policy issues, development and implementation relevant to the diverse views and circumstances of women;
  • represent the diverse views of women through consultation with the women’s sector, their own constituencies and other groups and organisations relevant to women’s concerns;
  • act as a conduit for the exchange information between government and the women’s sector;
  • undertake specific policy analysis on individual areas of organisational expertise and concern; and
  • undertake and maintain effective governance structures to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of national secretariats.

BPW Australia is an active member of economicSecurity4Women and Immediate Past Director of Policy, Sandra Cook, is the current Chair. One other BPW Australia member also serves on the eS4W Council.

eS4W focuses on the economic wellbeing of Australian women in order to build knowledge that will influence policy and legislation. This focus is closely aligned to BPW's belief that long-term economic wellbeing must be a high priority for Australian women – it empowers women to make choices and live independently. It enriches all aspects of their lives including education, health, work opportunities, personal safety and security.

eS4W engages with Australian women to identify and evaluate the issues they face and establish those of primary importance. The outcomes from our research and surveys contribute to national policy reform directly related to economic wellbeing for women. In consultation with other stakeholders eS4W is working to enhance and improve results for women where need is indicated.

eS4W Projects

eS4W has completed many projects since it was established, either developing its own or supporting other organsiations to develop their own projects that reflect our agreed priorities and strengthen their work. 

Following the completion of a major research project early in 2004, eS4W issued a Summary Paper, “What Women Want” ( which outlines the results of the national survey and research findings. It identifies the varying factors that enhance or hinder women’s ability to seek or choose pathways to acquire economic sustainability. The “What Women Want” survey results demonstrated that women, irrespective of age, education and socio-economic status, were remarkably consistent in their choices for policy direction. In order, the three most highly preferred economic measures to improve women’s wellbeing were:

  • work arrangements that help balance family and other responsibilities
  • affordable education and training for all ages
  • equality of male and female wages and salaries

eS4W continues to build on these themes and some of the recent work is listed below. A full history of past reports and projects is available here. 

Latest Projects: 

Women in to non traditional industries and occupations 

Gender wealth equity: Financial literacy Know Your Value

Gender Statistics and Analysis 

Gender Equity in the workplace - caring responsibilities  

eS4W partners

eS4W comprises a fantastic group of member organisations:

  • AWE – Association of Women Educators
  • AFGW – Australian Federation of Graduate Women
  • BPW – Business and Professional Women Australia
  • FECCA - Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia
  • IWFCI - Internaional Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry
  • Jera International-Justice Equality Rights
  • NCSMC - The National Council of Single Mothers and their Children Inc
  • NFAW – National Foundation of Australian Women
  • NTWWC – Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre
  • OWN - Older Women's Network
  • PROFESSIONALS AUSTRALIA (formely APESMA) – Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
  • QVWC – The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
  • QWWS – Queensland Working Women’s Service
  • VIEW Clubs of Australia (Voice, Interests and Education of Women
  • The Women's Investment Club
  • TradeUP Australia
  • WAVE – Women in Adult and Vocational Education
  • WCEI – Women’s Chief of Enterprises International
  • WIRE – Women’s information
  • WWCSA – Working Women’s Centre SA Inc
  • ZONTA Dist 24 NSW
The eS4W Alliance represent the interests of more than 55,000 Australian women with a network stretching well beyond this. They bring extensive networks in regional and urban Australia to support consultation and research tasks. In addition to members their partners include:

  • 10thousandgirls 
  • Women's Health in the North 
  • Women's Health Goulburn North East





 Letters to my younger self    2015  PDF/2.5MbWord Doc/1.4Mb
Gender Statistics and Analysis    2015  PDF
 Economic Impact on Women in Disaster 
Affected Areas in Australia (Collaboration)

Submission to Productivity Commission on Childcare and early Learning



Counting on Care Work in Australia



 Gender Equity in the Workplace - SME sector





Career Pathways of Women and Girls

Girls into non traditional trades and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Every Girl can have a Career

Girls Can do Anything





 Gender Wealth Equity - Financial Literacy  Know your value




For more information contact or your BPW Australia Board members.

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