- June 1977
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
- November 1977
In 1977, when the Galbally review of Post-Arrival Migrant Programs and Services was announced, Senator Margaret Guilfoyle wrote to the Prime Minister advising him of the specific problems and special needs of migrant women. In June of that year, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser asked the Office of Women's Affairs to set up an Interdepartmental Working Group Taskforce on Migrant Women. Officers from the following department were involved:
- Imigration and Ethnic Affairs
- Social Security
- Employment and Industrial Relations
- School's Commission
Under extremely trying conditions, including endless delays caused by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, the taskforce completed its report in November, just making the deadline to be considered by the Galbally Review. Among other things, the report recommended that 'wherever possible action should be taken to provide services through or in co-operation with ethnic organisations and migrant women'.
The report was regarded as a valaubale resource for implementation of Recommendation 43 of the Galbally Report.
Sources used to compile this entry: Office of Women's Affairs, Interdepartmental Working Group On Women's Affairs: Report of Task Force on Migrant Women, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, November 1977; Sawer, Marian, 'Double Disadvantage: Migrant and Aboriginal Women', in Sisters in Suits: Women and Public Policy in Australia, Allen and Unwin, North Sydney, 1990, pp. 107-139.