NT WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE SAVED – 15 DECEMBER 2016
We have been informed this week that we have been successful in our bid for funding from the Commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman.
In 2016, the Centre was informed its 22 years of funding would cease at the end of 2016, and it would be forced to compete for future funding.
This week the Centre was informed that it will receive funding for the next 4 years to continue to provide information, advice, and representation to vulnerable working women in the NT, as well as community education on employment issues.
Unfortunately, the new funding represents a 15% cut in funding when compared to previous years. The Centre is determined to seek alternate ways of securing revenue to ensure services are not affected.
We are thrilled to reassure all of our clients, supporters, referral services and partners that our 22-year old service will continue to assist women in need. We are aware that there were over 90 applications for funding, and our success in such a competitive environment acknowledges our service’s proven track record and solid outcomes.
We came very close to closing our doors, meaning that thousands of vulnerable women would have had nowhere to turn with their problems at work, such as sexual harassment, unfair dismissal, bullying and pregnancy discrimination.
While we are very pleased that the NT can retain its valued Working Women’s Centre, we are shocked and saddened to hear that our sister service in Queensland has been defunded by the Federal Government.
We could not have done this without all of our supporters and we thank each and every one of you - this is your win.
For further comment:
Anna Davis or Rachael Uebergang, co-Director: 08 8981 0655 / 0405184501 / 0434 338 900