ASU Members have been calling for action on domestic violence. We know domestic violence services are underfunded and understaffed. The current government has failed to take this seriously. Labor's announcement will make a difference.
"Women fleeing violence are being turned away from services because this government has not funded enough workers to help them.
Labor will fund an additional 500 community sector workers so that organisations are able to help more victim-survivors rebuild their lives.
Labor will create a new Commonwealth Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner to act as a strong voice for victim-survivors, and to provide accountability and coordination for violence prevention efforts."
This will mean more financial counsellors to help women escape the debt. More support workers to help women and children through their experience.
250 of these new workers will be located in rural and regional communities.
Labor will also invest $100 million in crisis accommodation and build 4,000 homes for women and children fleeing violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness.
We have already gained Labor's support for our We Won't Wait campaign: 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the NES.
This is a big win for ASU members working in community services.