Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    Increased grants to help WA women reach their full potential

    8/03/2023 10:30 AM
    • McGowan Government delivers significant increase in funding through Women's Grants for a Stronger Future Program
    • 14 community organisations receive grants ranging from $7,000 to $100,000 for projects to help tackle gender inequality in Western Australia
    • Successful recipients to share $335,000 in funding announced on International Women's Day to support range of initiatives addressing workplace inequity, Aboriginal women's leadership and barriers faced by older women

    Fourteen community initiatives aimed at supporting and empowering Western Australian women and girls from all walks of life will share $335,000 in State Government funding.


    In recognition of International Women's Day, Women's Interests Minister Sue Ellery today announced funding from $7,000 to $100,000 would be made available to 14 WA organisations through the significantly expanded Women's Grants for a Stronger Future 2022-23 Program.


    A significant expansion of the Women's Grants program this year resulted in a total funding increase from $85,000 to $335,000, providing more opportunities to support initiatives that advance gender equality to build a better, fairer and more equitable WA community.


    The grants are spread across the priority areas of women's health and wellbeing, economic independence, safety and justice to align with the State Government's Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality.


    Projects supporting Aboriginal women's leadership and older women were also priorities for this year's program, as were initiatives that aligned with the implementation of the recommendations of the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.


    Multicultural Services Centre of WA was awarded the largest grant worth $100,000 to deliver a project called Zero Tolerance and work to create safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces for women.


    Other projects to receive funding include:

    • a Roebourne-based intergenerational cultural transmission project in which young Aboriginal women work alongside Elders, female artists and mentors to build skills as women storytellers and leaders in the community;
    • a project that will pilot a new way of delivering economic empowerment education to women affected by, or at risk of, family and domestic violence; and
    • research exploring the lived experiences of LGBTI women who are carers, paid or unpaid, to focus on their support needs.

    For more information on the Women's Grants for a Stronger Future 2022-2023 Program visit: www.communities.wa.gov.au/womensgrants.


    Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Sue Ellery:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting women and girls to reach their potential.


    "Women and girls in WA deserve to live and work safely in a community where diversity is embraced, and access to resources and opportunities isn't determined by gender.


    "This year we have significantly expanded the Women's Grants for a Stronger Future Program to support more initiatives, and increase resourcing to deliver better outcomes for women and girls wherever they might experience barriers - at school, in the workplace, in retirement and in their homes and communities.


    "The recommendations of the Respect@Work Report show we still have a long road ahead to address issues of inequity in the workplace - a challenge that has been accepted by Multicultural Services Centre of WA's Zero Tolerance project and some of this year's other grant recipients."


    Minister's office - 6552 5700


    OrganisationProject NameAmount
    Motivation Foundation Ltd.Lifting women's participation and employment outcomes through a pre-traineeship in Civil and Mining
    Women's Health Care Association Inc.Boronia Prison Women's Initiative$9,900
    GLBTI Rights in Ageing Incorporated (GRAI)Exploring the lived experience of Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans women carers.$7,000
    Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc.Stronger Together - Older Women Connect, Learn and Share!$10,000
    Walpole Community Resource Centre Inc.Women's Wellness in the Walpole Wilderness (WWWW)$9,950
    Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) IncWA Financial Abuse Roundtable$10,000
    Escare Inc.Yorgas Wellness, Women Working in Community$10,000
    As One Nyitting LtdDjereedjee Seeds$10,000
    University of Western AustraliaRaising awareness about the context of Aboriginal women using violence$9,719
    Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.Women's Leadership Forum$20,000
    Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry LimitedBoss Yorgas - Aboriginal Women's Enterprise Development Program$24,725
    Financial Counsellors' Association of WA Inc.Strengthening financial futures of Women$50,000
    Big hART Inc.Punkaliyarra$50,000
    Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia Inc.Zero Tolerance: Creating safe, respectful, and inclusive workplaces for women$100,000