Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) over 25 years ago on 28 July 1983. As a long-standing party, Australia has continued to implement substantial policy and legislative changes, demonstrating the Australian Government’s commitment to eliminating discrimination against women. This combined 6th and 7th periodic report builds on previous reporting on CEDAW and outlines Australia’s progress and the challenges that remain in implementing CEDAW.
1.3 This report covers key legislative, policy and other measures adopted in the review period, from September 2003 to June 2008. It includes reporting from the Australian Government and the state and territory governments and should be read alongside Australia’s Common Core Document, June 2006 (HRI/CORE/AUS/2007) and Australia’s Combined 4th and 5th Report on the Implementation of CEDAW (CEDAW/C/AUL/4-5) submitted in 2003.
1.4 In accordance with Article 18 of CEDAW, this report responds, wherever possible, to the CEDAW Committee’s 2006 Concluding Comments (CEDAW/C/AUL/CO/5) on Australia’s combined 4th and 5th report. In response to the CEDAW Committee’s request in paragraph 9, the 2006 Concluding Comments were distributed to all relevant Australian Government agencies, all state and territory governments and to the Australian women’s sector through the National Women’s Secretariats. They were also posted on the Australian Government Office for Women website.