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Annual Report 1986/1987 Department of the Chief Minister



Annual Report 1986/1987 Department of the Chief Minister

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Tabled Paper 277


Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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- 1 3 OFFICE OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS The staff of the Office of Women's Affairs comprises a Director, two Research Officers, an Administrative Assistant and the Co-ordinator of the "Women Today" television program who is employed on a part-time basis. The role of the Office is: to provide government with advice and comment on issues of particular importance and relevance to women; to advise government on the implication for women of current policies and procedures, and to co-ordinate the initiation of policies that address areas of concern for women; to liaise with community and national groups and agencies to promote communication between government and women; and to provide Secretariat support for the Women's Advisory Council. The Office has maintained its involvement in the development of policy related to the issue of domestic violence. It has a co-ordinating role in the preparation of a revised cabinet submission to determine the strategy regarding the implementation of some or all of the recommendations of the d'Abbs report. Other areas in which the Office has been involved include the preparation and publication of a Northern Territory Directory of Resources for Women and the provision of administrative responsibility for the government sponsored "Women Today" television program. The Office works separate from, but complementary to, the Women's Advisory Council. During the 1986/87 year the Council met five times with meetings at Tennant Creek, Yulara, Darwin and Katherine. The Council continues to act as a forum to provide comprehensive and representative advice to Government on issues of interest and concern to Territory women. Through the establishment of three Sub-committees, Council members have been able to focus on issues related to Health, Education and the Status of Women. Initiatives include the presentation of the report on the Study of Women Living in Remote Areas, and the establishment of the Chief Minister's Task Force on the Education of Girls. The Council published two newsletters for Territory distribution.

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