The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the representation of women in local councils through a new guide that will help local governments take practical steps to boost gender diversity.
Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz has released the Best Practice Guide for Gender Equity in Local Government.
Although 60 per cent of the administrative workforce in local councils is female, women only account for 34 per cent of director roles, 39 per cent of manager roles and only 16.5 per cent of Chief Executive Officers.
As the level of government closest to Victorian’s, it’s important local governments reflect the makeup of the communities they serve – including women, young people, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Guide is supported by the Labor Government’s gender equality strategy Safe and Strong, which aims to progressively change attitudes and behaviours, reduce violence against women and deliver gender equality.
The Labor Government has set a goal of 50 per cent female representation on local councils by 2025. To achieve that goal, Victoria needs to elect an additional 75 female councillors.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz
“Gender equality isn’t just a matter of principle – it improves organisations by making them stronger and more diverse.”
“We’ve developed this guide to ensure more women are represented in senior roles in local government.”
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Women Jill Hennessy
“We need to boost women in local government leadership positions so they truly reflect the communities they serve.”
“From government boards to leadership positions in councils the Andrews Labor Government is delivering gender equality for all.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020