Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS) became incorporated as a not for profit organisation in 1995 and was successful in attracting funding from both State and Commonwealth Governments to deliver information, advisory, advocacy and educational services to women about gender equality and the workplace including rights at work since then.
The Working Women Queensland state-wide program is a telephone advisory service providing free and confidential support to Queensland women. The program targets the most vulnerable women including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Women from non-English speaking culturally diverse backgrounds
- Migrants, visa holders and international students
- Women who have a disability
- Women in regional, rural and remote areas
- Women with family responsibilities
- Women of mature age
- Young women
- Women experiencing domestic and family violence
- Women experiencing mental health issues
- Small business employers of the above groups
QWWS Inc was funded by the Queensland Government in late 2016 to develop and launch the DV Work Aware Program which now encompasses a telephone help line specifically targeted to women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence and who are attempting to maintain employment. DV Work Aware also provides services to workplaces to assist them to support victims of domestic and family violence recognising that it is both a workplace health and safety issue and a community issue.
QWWS has worked closely with both the Northern Territory and South Australian Working Women’s Centres in developing the content and responsive action of the DVWA programs.
We will continue to grow the program with the input of stakeholders and service users with the overarching objective to better prevent and respond to domestic and family violence as a workplace response.