The Office for Women was established in the New South Wales Premier’s Office to work "on strategy, policy development, programs and projects to benefit the women of New South Wales”. (1) It replaced the Department for Women, which had been abolished on 1 July 2004 under the Public Sector Employment and Management (Department of Women) Order 2004. (2)
The objectives of the Office for Women were to be " a credible and expert source of knowledge and strategic policy advice to the Premier, the public and non government sector on emerging and complex issues relating to women in New South Wales". (3) In 2004, the Office for Women delivered a number of programs and services including the Women’s Information and Referral Service, the Women’s Grant Program, Girl Savvy and the Lucy Mentoring Program. The Lucy Mentoring Program aimed to increase the numbers of women in middle and senior management in the private and public sectors. (4) The Office also provided administrative support to the Premier’s Council for women. (5)
By late 2004, the structure of the newly created Office For Women consisted of a Director, Assistant Director, and three divisions: the Strategy Policy Development Division, Executive Support Corporate Services Division and the Programs, Projects and Public Affairs Division. (6)
The name of the branch had changed to the Office for Women's Policy by June 2009.
From 4 April 2011 the Office for Women's Policy was removed from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and transferred to the Principal Department, the Department of Family and Community Services.(7)
(1) NSW Premier’s Website, Office for Women, (accessed 06/12/2004)
(2) NSW Government Gazette 30 June 2004 pp. 4878 – 4879
(3) op. cit. NSW Premier’s Website
(4) loc. cit.
(5) NSW Women, Newsletter of the Office for Women, Issue 1, November 2004, p.3 http://www.women.nsw.gov.au/PDF/NSW_Women_Issue1.pdf (accessed 06/12/2004)
(6) Organisational Chart, Office for Women Website, template (accessed 06/12/2004)
(7) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011 (2011 No 184) cls. 35; notified on NSW Legislation website, 3 April 2011.