Join Our Watch


A Labor Foley Government will join Our Watch and deliver respectful relationships education from an early age.

Violence against women is now recognised to be a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. 

Our Watch was established by a $1 million contribution from the Commonwealth and Victoria in 2013 to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children. Our WATCh is an independent, not for profit organisation working established to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children. 

New South Wales is the only state or territory in Australia not to have joined Our Watch, which was established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

It is a powerful resource and one we should be a part of.

Under Labor, New South Wales will join Our Watch.

While Our Watch was initially established as a partnership between the Australian and Victorian Governments, all states and territories have joined. NSW is the only Government which has failed to do so.

The main focus of Our Watch is on the prevention of violence against women and their children through addressing gender inequality. While factors such as alcohol, drugs, and mental health are acknowledged as contributing factors, the evidence shows that gender inequality is the major cause of violence against women and their children.

The Berejiklian Government’s track record on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault has been poor with their refusal to provide respectful relationships education to primary school students; failure to join Our Watch and their failure to release the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy, almost three years after it promised to do so, despite sexual offences being on the rise in New South Wales.

NSW Labor remains committed to preventing domestic violence and sexual assault, which is why a Foley Government will join the rest of the country in signing on to Our Watch.