YWCA Report Card

The YWCA Canberra released their report card on the progress of the ACT in achieving equality for women. Read report here.… Read more

YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Grants

Each year, YWCA Canberra provides small grants of up to $2,000 to women, including female identifying and non-binary people across Canberra through our Great Ydeas Small Grants program. Funding can be used to launch a new idea or project, undertake education or training opportunities, or provide seed funding for a small business, for example.


This year, the YWCA has … Read more

Boost for mental health early intervention services

On 16 March, $200,000 in new funding was announced for headspace to deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12 to 25.  Headspace supports young people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, as well as their family and friends. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and … Read more

Domestic violence leave

As part of the Commission’s four-year review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission ruled on 26 March that all Australian employees covered by modern awards will be entitled to five days of unpaid leave if they are affected by family or domestic violence.

While the union movement had called for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all … Read more

Bill introduced

The Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018  will amend the Health Act 1993 to improve access to safe and legal abortions for people in the ACT.

The changes will enable medical terminations of pregnancy (using medication rather than a surgical procedure) to be carried out in a location of the woman’s choosing, with care provided by a trained GP … Read more

Volunteering Awards 2018

Volunteering and Contact ACT has been hosting annual Volunteering Awards since 1991. Now in their 27th year, these Awards are the premier recognition event for volunteers in the Canberra Region. The Awards attract a diverse range of nominations and attendees from every sector, including community organisations, environment, sport and recreation, the arts, business, and education.

Nominations close 6 April 2018. Read more

ariel view of the AMC

ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services begins

On 14 March it was announced that Mr Neil McAllister has been appointed as the ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services. The establishment of the independent role of Inspector of Correctional Service was a government commitment in response to the recommendations of the independent review by Philip Moss into the death in custody of Steven Freeman.

The Inspector of Correctional … Read more

Steering Committee for Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children involved with child protection

Following a co-design process with community members and experts, a Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the review into the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved with Child and Youth Protection Services. The review, now known as Our Booris, Our Way will be overseen by a wholly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Steering Committee and will … Read more

Summary Report – developing a New Housing Strategy

Over the last 6 months, WCHM has been participating in the consultation processes to provide women’s perspectives, ideas and options for working Towards a New Housing Strategy for the ACT.

The consultation process culminated in the ‘Our Canberra, Our Home’ ACT Housing and Homelessness Summit in October 2017, which was attended by 200 stakeholders from across industry, community and … Read more

Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy approaches and responses

On 27 March 2018, WCHM gave evidence to the Committee’s public hearing inquiring into domestic and family violence—policy approaches and responses.   The CEO responded to questions relating to WCHM’s submission which can be found here.

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