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Australia’s implementation of WPS commitments is guided by its second National Action Plan (NAP) on WPS 2021-2031, a whole-of-government strategy developed in consultation with a host of civil society organisations. Building on the work of its first NAP 2012-2018 on WPS, Australia’s second NAP 2021-2031 on WPS will deliver on the following four outcomes:

  1. Supporting women’s meaningful participation and needs in peace processes 
  2. Reducing sexual and gender-based violence 
  3. Supporting resilience, crisis, and security, law and justice efforts to meet the needs and rights of all women and girls 
  4. Demonstrating leadership and accountability for WPS. 

The implementing partners of the second NAP are the Department of Defence (including the Australian-Civil Military Centre), the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will coordinate whole-of-government action on Australia’s implementation of the second NAP.

NAP Monitoring Reports: 

Under the first WPS National Action Plan, the Australian Government released the following reports. 

The Government also commissioned two independent reviews of the 2012-2018 WPS National Action Plan.  

The 2015 Independent Interim Review of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012–2018 was released on 8 April 2016. The findings and recommendations from the interim review provided guidance for the implementation of the remainder of the National Action Plan and for the development of the second National Action Plan.  

The Final Independent Review of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 was released on 12 December 2018.  

Key WPS and gender equality reports/resources:  

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