Gender equality: Have your say

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The Victorian Government is developing the state's first-ever gender equality strategy.

The strategy will be released this year and will help set the Government's blueprint for gender equality across the state.

It will aim to embed gender equality within as many private and public organisations as possible and advocate for change at the Commonwealth level.

Advancing gender equality increases women's safety, security and wellbeing by encouraging a society based on respect.

Gender equality also has tangible benefits for Victoria's social and economic prosperity, as more women and men, and boys and girls, are supported to reach their potential.

Read the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Discussion Paper (pdf - 396.52 KB) | Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Discussion Paper (word - 115.59 KB)

Gender Equality Roadshow: Have your say

The Government wants to hear your ideas on how we can achieve gender equality in Victoria.

Minister for Women Fiona Richardson is leading statewide gender equality consultations.

Minister Richardson has been visiting towns across Victoria and will be in Bendigo on 24 August 2016.

Minister Richardson is also consulting with specific groups, including elderly, aboriginal, and multicultural and young Victorians, as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs, workers, scientists, and female leaders.

Upcoming dates for Victorian Gender Equality Consultations (doc - 325.39 KB)

Can't attend a consultation?

You can also share your experiences and ideas by:

You can also join the conversation on Twitter: #VICforWomen

The consultations will explore five themes:

  • Workforce participation and economic security
  • Women's development and leadership
  • Women's education and employment (including in science, technology, engineering and maths)
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Violence against women and girls.

Questions will include:

  • What can this government do to make a real and practical difference to the economic, civic and social participation of women and girls?
  • What more could businesses do and how can the Government support them?
  • What are some of the initiatives that you know about that we should consider?
  • Given that the Commonwealth Government has responsibility for child care, what should be our priorities in this area?

1 in 3 women over 15 has experienced physical violence and 1 in 5 sexual violence.10   Reports of family violence in Victoria are rising and projected to increase into the future.11 One in two mothers report experiencing discrimination as a result of their pregnancy, parental leave or return to work.4  Australian women spend almost twice as much time on unpaid work as men.5 Women in full-time work earn around $15,000 less than men each year.8  Women retire with just over half the superannuation savings of men.9

The Victorian workforce participation rate for women is 58.8%, compared to 71.4% for men.6  Only 14% of women enrolling in university chose science-related fields of study, including engineering, manufacturing and construction.7 50 of Victoria’s 128 State Parliamentarians are women.   Women represent 67% of the Victorian public sector workforce, yet only 37% of executive roles.16 


Last updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016