The National Summit on Women’s Safety will be delivered virtually in response to the escalating COVID-19 situation in Canberra and New South Wales.
The summit was originally meant to be held in Parliament House in late July, but was pushed back to September in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
The government has decided that the event will still go ahead on September 6 and 7, but it will be moved online.
The summit was announced with the intention of contributing to the government’s national plan to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence, and following months of increased scrutiny of the treatment of women within parliament.
Experts, advocates, service providers and people with lived experience of violence will be attending the event. It will cover issues such as economic security and financial independence, perpetrator interventions, and responding to sexual violence.
Minister for women Marise Payne said all Australians would be able to tune in to key sessions at the summit through a live stream.
“While our preference was to hold the summit in person, given the current COVID-19 situation, the event will now be held online to ensure that this important part of the consultation process for the next national plan goes ahead,” she said.
A link to the live stream will be added to the event website on September 6.
The government said invited summit participants would be contacted by the event organiser.