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Women, Lawyers, Workers Project

Kei-blocksThe Women, Lawyers, Workers Project provides free legal advice via Skype to women who are experiencing family violence, as well as workers who work in the family violence field. This three-year project was funded by the Legal Services Board (Victoria) and is led by WHIN, Women's Health Goulburn North East and Berry Street in close partnership with Women's Legal Service Victoria.

The Project aims to prevent new or on-going violence against women who are getting ready to leave, or have left violent relationships by providing legal advice on the complexities of the legal system which governs family law matters, from children's living arrangements, Intervention Orders to property settlement after separation. Women who are experiencing family violence can obtain legal advice on Family Law related matters with the support of a worker from participating agencies. Workers supporting women are also able to have secondary consultations with the lawyers about family matters.

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Living Longer on Less

Living Longer on Less Paper Published in SAGE Open

LLOLSageArticleThe open-access journal SAGE Open has published an article written by WHIN staff in its August 2015 edition.

Living Longer On Less: Women, paid work, and superannuation in Victoria, Australia examines the paid work experiences of women aged over 55 years of age with less than $100,000 in superannuation, attempting to understand how women's experiences of paid work are linked to low superannuation.

It explores how, while discrimination in the paid workforce is an important contributor to women's low superannuation balances, the more important factors were outside the workforce. These factors include the deprioritisation of women's paid work compared with men's, unpaid care, disability, ill health and older age, and violence.

 Living Longer on Less Project

LLOL

It seems everyone knows that women retire with much less super than men, but there is no discussion about it, and certainly no outrage!

Stark Inequities

womanAn Australian woman retires with

$112,000 superannuation (on average).

 

manAn Australian man retires with

$198,000 superannuation (on average).

 

Women over 65 now comprise 15% of the population and can expect to live about a quarter of their life beyond Age Pension entitlement at 67.

More than 50% of retired women live in households with annual incomes below $30,000.

Single, divorced and widowed women are amongst the most disadvantaged.

Living Longer on Less is a partnership project between Women's Health In the North (WHIN) and Women's Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and is supported by an expert Reference Group. It began in December 2012, aiming to gather the experiences of women aged over 55 from diverse backgrounds across metropolitan and rural areas about how they plan to pay for their own care as they age. The Living Longer on Less Report is available here. The Foreword to this Report was kindly written by Elizabeth Broderick, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Human Rights Commissioner. A postcard summarises the findings. Please click here to view it, and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for copies.

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