The National Women’s Alliances now represent more than 180 women’s organisations, with each Alliance focusing on a distinct issue or stakeholder group. The six National Women’s Alliances are:
- economic Security4Women (eS4W) – focus on improving women’s economic security and financial independence
- Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) – address gender equality and leadership issues
- Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) – look at issues of women’s safety and the elimination of violence
- Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA) – advocate on behalf of migrant and refugee women
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) – provide Indigenous women a voice in Government decision-making
- National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) – represent women in rural and regional Australia.
In February 2013 the Hon Julie Collins MP announced ongoing funding for the existing six Alliances from 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2016 in response to key recommendations in the independent review of the Alliance Program undertaken by Urbis in late 2012.
The key recommendations from the Urbis Review is that, based on their demonstrated success against the program objectives, the Australian Government continue to fund the Alliances model through the existing six Alliances; and that additional funding for each Alliance be provided to enable them to recruit experienced paid staff, and to continue to strengthen their engagement with the networks and members as part of agreed workplans.
More information about the National Women’s Alliances is at http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/programs-services/equal-place-in-society/engaging-with-womens-organisations