Round Tables

2017 Food Security Roundtable

In May 2017 the National Rural Women’s Coalition gathered women from all over Australia in Melbourne to work on Food Security issues for rural regional and remote women. The goal was to increase the shared knowledge of expert speakers and representations from rural Australia’s peak women’s organisation to a broader audience. To form a clear and common sense of critical issues in the area of RRR food security and to take these concerns with solutions to government

“Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia with 1:6 people experiencing food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months. Over half of these, or 2 million Australians, seek food relief from charities or community groups, a third of whom are children.” Foodbank Hunger Report 2016 

The Roundtable agreed to the following 5 issues:

  1. As a key to addressing food insecurity in Australia we seek enhanced tax deductions for food donations and tax deductions for transport services related to food relief.
  2. Revise the parameters of the “healthy food basket” for consistent measurement of core “stable foods”, supply chain issues, transport accessibility, wealth of users, rural location, access to food.
  3. Engage RRR people in the discussion on Food Waste to ensure food is used for human consumption, animal consumption and compostin with minimum waste going to landfill.
  4. Implement compulsory curriculum and audit in child care / early learning development centres to include nutrition and cooking, which is currently taught as part of training, to develop food literacy and develop healthy eating from an early age.
  5. Enact the National Food Plan 2015. 

The NRWC raised these issues with over 10 members of parliament in June 2017 and will continue to raise awareness around the need for RRR Food Security in to the future. A complete report will be available on this website soon.

2015 Adelaide Health & Wellbeing Roundtable

In 2015, the NRWC hosted a Health and Wellness Roundtable in Adelaide, South Australia on the 2nd and 3rd March 2015 to bring together a diverse group of informed rural women from all parts of Australia to examine what support can be provided to rural and remote women who experience family violence. The 21 women represented organisations including the Australian Local Government Women’s Association; Economic Security4Women; Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community; Australian Women Against Violence Alliance; The Country Women’s Association Australia; Australian Women in Agriculture; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance; National Rural Health Alliance; Equality Rights Alliance and the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

The topic discussed at the roundtable was:  How can we support the well-being of rural and remote women who experience family violence? 

  1. What is the role of primary health care in supporting women experiencing family violence?
  2. What are the barriers for RRR women when accessing family violence support?
  3. What is the impact on RRR women when access to family violence support is not accessible?
  4. How could these impacts and barriers be addressed?
Read The Report From The Roundtable

2014 Lockyer Valley Natural Disaster Roundtable

The NRWC and eS4W hosted an additional roundtable on 23rd October which discussed how the economic impacts of natural disasters on women could be accommodated pre, during and post disaster.

Read The Report From The Roundtable Summary of Measures Summary of Work Undertaken

2014 Canberra Natural Disaster Roundtable

Two National Women’s Alliances – economic Security for Women (eS4W) and the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) – hosted a policy roundtable at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra on the 25th June, 2014.

The key discussion items from the roundtable that address the mitigation of economic impact on women in approaches to disaster preparation, emergency management, disaster relief and recovery and how a gendered approach could make a difference. It is based on the assumption that the voices and strengths of women need to be reflected in policies and programs initiated and administered by the Australian Government and all Australian states and territories. 

Read The Report From The Roundtable Read The Summary