Councillor Message Cr Wayne Sproull Tuesday 20 April 2021

Published on 20 April 2021

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The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic) commenced on 31 March this year and aims to improve workplace gender equity across the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils. The Act requires organisations to perform a workplace gender audit and develop a gender equality action plan. The plan also needs to be publicly reported on.

This is an important step in helping to identify and reduce inequality in workplaces, policies, programs and services. It also recognises that gender inequality may also be compounded by other forms of disadvantage or discrimination based on race, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or other attributes.

Our community elected a well-balanced mix of councillors - 3 female and 4 male - all with different qualities and life experiences. This I believe is a great base for making decisions in the best interests of our shire.

Our organisation already has a great head start in achieving this which is of credit to our management team. Over the past 2 years, Council has worked hard and done many things including surveys, training and workshops which have helped shape the Central Goldfields Shire Gender Equity Statement which acknowledges the importance of equal access to opportunities and that Council lead by example and offer support to our community in doing the same.

The Council workforce consists of 52% female, 48% male. The leadership team is made up of 65% female with the executive at 50/50.  These are numbers we should be proud of and applaud Council for achieving.

Council also recognise that the Central Goldfields Shire has the highest rate of gender-based violence in our region and currently is encouraging and supporting front line staff to access domestic violence awareness training. Council also has partnerships with the Centre for Non Violence, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and Zonta. 

Council is also focused on improving men’s mental health and suicide prevention by participating in a project led by Primary Care Partnership. This project will help reduce violence within our community.

Members of our community should be satisfied that our Council is leading the way in gender equality and is always looking for ways to advance the wellbeing of our community.

 

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