A free workshop will be held in Colac and Warrnambool next month as part of a Brumby Labor Government commitment to improving Victorian women’s financial confidence.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the free Steps to Securing your Financial Future workshop program were part of Women & Money Month – a Brumby Labor Government initiative designed to help women bridge the wealth gap between males and females.
Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand said gender mattered when it came to financial security.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to assist women in bridging that gap. We are working in partnership with the community to build stronger families and one way to do that is to increase women’s financial security and confidence,” Ms Morand said.
Ms Tierney said it is of great concern that research shows women will retire on average with half the amount of the average male retirement pay out, despite needing as much or more to support their retirement years
“Since 2006, the Government has committed $1 million for financial literacy seminars to help Victorian women improve financial security in retirement.”
More than 600 women across Victoria participated in the Brumby Labor Government’s free workshops and seminars during last year’s inaugural Women & Money Month.
In 2009, workshops will be held in:
• Barwon South West (Colac, Warrnambool)
• Gippsland (Bairnsdale, Korumburra)
• Hume (Echuca, Wangaratta)
• Grampians (Warracknabeal, Ballarat)
• Loddon Mallee (Bendigo, Castlemaine)
• Northern Metropolitan (Greensborough, Craigieburn)
• Western Metropolitan (Melton, Maribyrnong)
• Eastern Metropolitan (Vermont South, Upper Beaconsfield)
• Southern Metropolitan (Cranbourne, Mornington)
• CBD (Melbourne)
A free seminar series will also be held at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre in Melbourne. For further information, dates and bookings for the Women & Money month workshop program and seminars, visit www.women.vic.gov.au, call (03) 8668 8106, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Women & Money Month is a partnership between the Victorian Government’s Office of Women’s Policy, QV Women’s Centre and WIRE Women’s Information.