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Support for women facing discrimination at work may end soon

A SUPPORT service helping thousands of female workers each year may close if federal funding is not renewed.

The Working Women's Centres of Queensland, SA and the NT provide important advice and support for vulnerable women experiencing on-the-job sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, unfair dismissal and other workplace issues.

In the past 18 months, the Queensland branch alone negotiated more than $1.5 million in workplace settlement outcomes for its clients.

In the past year, Working Women Qld also gave vital workplace advice to 2000 women.

The centres are on shaky ground with no firm commitment on federal funding.

WWQ director Kerriann Dear said the service was vital for women who faced ongoing discrimination and harassment on the job.

"We attempt to prioritise our services to the most in need," Ms Dear said.

Federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said her government was "closely considering" the funding issue as it put the final touches to its budget.


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