Gender Equality Act 2020 - Background and Moyne Shire Council Commitment
In many circumstances, woman and gender diverse individuals may not have the same access to decision-making processes, resources, economic or social opportunities. This means that policies, programs and services are likely to be experienced differently, and have different outcomes for people of different genders. Moyne Shire Council is committed to creating better and fairer outcomes and ensure all people have access to opportunities and resources by:
- Doing everything it can to ensure resources are distributed and used equally
- Considering the different needs of people of all genders
- Applying a gender lens to policies, programs or services to assess whether they benefit some people more than others because they have greater access
- Creating the potential to influence broader social norms and gender roles in society
The Gender Equality Act 2020 commenced on 31 March 2021. The Act promotes gender equality by: • Requiring the Victorian public sector, local councils and universities to take positive action towards achieving workplace gender equality
- Requiring these organisations to consider and promote gender equality in their policies, programs and services.
- Establishing the Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner to provide education, support implementation and enforce compliance.
The Gender Equality Act 2020 will improve workplace gender equality in the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils.
How will Moyne Shire Council contribute, improve and promote Gender Equality?
Moyne Shire Council will
- complete Gender Impact Assessments on Policies, Programs and services that have a direct and significant to the public.
- develop and implement a Gender Equality Action Plan which includes results of a workplace gender audit and strategies for achieving workplace gender equality
- publicly report on progress in relation to workplace gender equality
- promote Gender Equality through education and implementing a new way of thinking by applying a gender lens in all that we do
For more information refer to the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector
Moyne Shire Council has an established Gender Equality Project Control Group to ensure compliance and adherence in meeting Moyne Shire Council obligations under the Gender Equality Act 2020 (the Act).
PCG members are:
- Bill Millard Chief Executive Officer
- Susie Kewley Manager Organisational Development
- Claire Sorlie People & Culture
- Alicia Cohen Governance
- Liam Arnott Works Supervisor
- Trev Greenberger Director Infrastructure / Mortlake Office
- Shelley Firth Cultural and Community Development
- Agatha Ganda Community Services
- Tejas Deshmukh Economic Development & Planning
- Laura Gramss Communications