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Your gift can transform a woman's life

Each year, over 2,500 women across metropolitan, regional, and rural New South Wales come to Dress for Success NSW & ACT for help.

Women like Laila*, who with her children fled her abusive home carrying nothing but a backpack.

Dress for Success NSW & ACT supports women experiencing varying degrees of hardship, poverty, discrimination, and disadvantage to achieve economic independence. By providing a network of support, professional clothing, and a holistic suite of practical career development support services we empower women into employment, to create a brighter future.

Your donation today can create a world where women thrive in work and in life.

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Can provide a woman with one-on-one resume drafting support with an HR / Recruitment Specialist.
Can provide a woman with mock interview practice and resume drafting support to help her secure and nail that interview.
Can provide a woman a styling session with a fashion stylist and clothing and accessories for that all-important interview.
Can provide the support a woman needs to join the workforce – a professional interview outfit and access to digital workshops, resume and mock interview support.

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Where your gift goes - Laila's story

Domestic and family violence is a main reason women and children leave their home in Australia^.

One of these women was Laila*.


Laila fled her abusive husband one evening, with her three young children, carrying only a backpack. Her abuse had seen her hospitalised many times, and made the decision to leave and not look back. Laila found herself and her three children safe from violence but without money, a home, or hope.


Laila knew she needed work to provide her children with the safety and support they had never had at home. Once she found Dress for Success’s Styling Service, she was able to start her journey into financial independence for her family. After receiving a wardrobe of beautiful clothes and a boost of self-confidence, she had the courage to attend Dress for Success workshops and ultimately Career Counselling to change her life.


She would never have done without the community of Dress for Success NSW & ACT supporters who keep our services operating.


“My experience from walking in the door nervous a can be to walking out was a huge transformation” Laila said.


Laila has now transformed her life, and is raising her children in a loving home while she works and undertakes a university degree. She credits the wonderful volunteers at Dress for Success with helping her start to see a new version of her former confident self, and spark her empowerment journey.

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* name and details changed to protect their privacy