Department of Family and Community Services

Funding To Boost Women's Economic Participation

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19 Feb 2013

The NSW Government is boosting support for women’s economic participation with $200,000 for innovative projects that assist women into non-traditional trades.

Minister for Women Pru Goward said Investing in Women funding is now available to encourage new approaches to increase the number of girls and women entering non-traditional trades.

“We want the best ideas from local government, community organisations and industry bodies to work with the NSW Government to increase women in non-traditional occupations,” Ms Goward said.

“Organisations are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 from Investing in Women to boost women’s economic participation.

“We are encouraging projects which support women into non-traditional occupations - trades with 25 percent or less participation of women, such as electricians, cabinet makers and motor mechanics.

“Funding for International Women’s Day grants for various small events has transitioned to this new funding program, with a further boost of $100,000.

“This supports the Government’s Women in Trades priority and specifically the 2021 State Plan target to increase the proportion of women employed in non-traditional trades,” Ms Goward said.

Master Painter and small businesswoman Victoria Waring is in the minority as a female tradie. She said the new funding will help to establish more women just like her.

“When I was in school I wanted to be a tradie, but was told repeatedly that it wasn’t a job for girls and so I went on to try jobs that were seen as being more acceptable for women. Twelve years ago I decided it was time to have the career that I had always wanted and I set up my Ms Fix business and haven’t looked back since,” Ms Waring said.

“I hope the new funding brings about more initiatives that make women in trades more socially acceptable, it will help normalise it.

“I love being able to work in new locations every day, work my own hours and be financially independent. I don’t see any problems to being a woman in a trade; I love being a painter and would never do anything else,” Ms Waring said.

Minister for Local Government Don Page said local government has a vital role in discovering new projects that support women who want to get into non-traditional

“The NSW Government values its important relationship with local government and recognises the role local government has in increasing the proportion of women in
non-traditional trades,” Mr Page said.

“The Investing in Women funding program strengthens this relationship with local government, as we work more closely together to identify pioneering projects at a community level to assist women into non-traditional trades.”

Full information about the application process is available from Grants are open continuously with rounds closing for assessment on 30 April 2013 and 31 August 2013.

Media Contact: Simon Fontana 0467 738 139

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