The Hon Marise Payne has been re-appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs, and also appointed as the Minister for Women.

The Office for Women works across government to deliver policies and programmes to advance gender equality and improve the lives of Australian women.

“In my new capacity as Minister for Women I look forward to building on the excellent work of my friend and colleague Kelly O’Dwyer,” she said. “Securing economic opportunities for women, focussing on their safety and achieving genuine gender equality are just some of the areas on which I will direct my attention. The intersection of my two portfolios also presents extraordinary opportunities to make gains for women and girls both at home and abroad.  I look forward to embracing these over the coming term.”

The current priorities of the Office for Women include strengthening women’s economic security including women’s workforce participation, supporting more women into leadership positions and ensuring that women and their children are safe from violence.

In her capacity of Minister for Foreign Affairs, the minister’s international agenda will continue to be one which supports a safe and prosperous region, building economic opportunity and resilience. The continued strengthening of the country’s alliances and strategic partnerships, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, will remain a critical priority.

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