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Question Without Notice No. 46 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Donna Faragher

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 February 2019

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S PLAN

46. Hon DONNA FARAGHER to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Women's Interests:

I refer to the answer given to question without notice 1241 asked on 28 November 2018 regarding the 10-year women's strategy and specifically the statement —

Planning for the strategy includes an open consultation process. Members of the community, not-for-profits, private sector and government can contribute.

(1) Will the minister table all written communications by the minister and/or the Department of Communities to stakeholders informing them of the strategy and the consultation process?

(2) Will the minister list the stakeholders who have contributed to the strategy to date?

(3) Will the minister outline the process by which a submission can be made on the strategy?

(4) What is the closing date for submissions?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(4) Yesterday, 13 February 2019, the minister announced the launch of consultations for the women's plan in a brief ministerial statement and a media release, and encouraged everyone to have their say to improve gender equality in Western Australia. Communications to stakeholders are currently underway and I will table the attached, which is a copy of the template letter to stakeholders, the consultation kit and the discussion paper. The minister welcomes any suggestions for stakeholders that the member may have. Submissions can be made through the Department of Communities' dedicated women's plan webpage where an online survey is also available. More than 55 anonymous survey responses have been received since yesterday's launch. Western Australians can also provide in-depth contributions to the women's plan through a range of community consultation events that will be held statewide by stakeholder organisations. Submissions can be made up to 30 June 2019.

[See paper 2401.]