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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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New chapter begins for women in PS

An Australian Chapter of the Women in Public Service Project has been announced by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash.

The Government will partner with the Global Women's Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC to design a program to support the next generation of female Australian leaders.

"This initiative will be designed for women who wish to pursue a career in areas where social change and public policy is contested or delivered," Senator Cash said.

"This includes occupations in law reform and enforcement, government and community services - it is about supporting Australia's future female leaders in the broader spheres of 'public service'."

She made the announcement during the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Australia joins global leadership program

Similar to the US model, the core component of the Australian Chapter will involve designing and delivering a training institute for emerging women leaders.

"This initiative is unique to other leadership programs currently available in Australia," the Minister said.

"Students will take part in a comprehensive training package designed to improve their strategic and leadership skills, but more importantly they will learn about critical issues relating to the advancement of women," Senator Cash said.

"Partnering with an academic institution is therefore necessary to deliver evidence-based material on contemporary barriers to gender equality, such as discrimination and institutionalised attitudes about the roles of men and women," she said.

While the proposed Australian Chapter will be domestically focused it will also be tailored to complement work undertaken by Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop on gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Australia has big aspirations for this project," Senator Cash said.

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