Gender Equality Initiatives
Our Commitment to Gender Equality
Preventing violence against women is everyone's responsibility, including all of us at Baw Baw Shire Council - from elected representatives and senior management to all Council employees.
As representatives and providers of key services and facilities, it is our duty to lead by example and to take up a crucial role in preventing violence against women in our community.
Victorian Local Government Women's Charter
Baw Baw Shire Council is a signatory of the Victorian Local Government Women's Charter(PDF, 116KB) , committing to the following principles:
- Gender Equity
That women and men have an equal right to be representatives in local governments, committees and decision-making positions.
The inclusion of different experiences and perspectives in local governments and community decision-making strengthens local democratic governance and helps build cohesive communities. Councils and communities encourage and welcome the participation of all women.
- Active Citizenship
Local governments will work with the community to increase the numbers and participation of women in public life, so that decision-making more clearly represents and reflects the interests and demographies of communities.
Paving the Way Campaign
Paving the Way is a workplace project for prevention of men’s violence against women; implemented in partnership with Gippsland Women’s Health, as part of the Gippsland Strategy to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women and their Children.
Baw Baw Shire Council was the first workplace to undertake Paving the Way, beginning in October 2013.
Since that time, the organisation has raised awareness and knowledge of this important issue both internally and with our wider community. Through various activities and training such as ‘active bystander’ and ‘community conversations’, participants are educated, equipped and empowered to make a difference in preventing violence.
With the Paving the Way project concluding in December 2015, an enduring outcome has been the development of a strategic Equity Action Plan, aimed at promoting gender respectful relationships and equitable outcomes for all employees at Baw Baw Shire Council.
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Gender Equity in the Workplace
A gender equity audit was conducted within the organisation in 2015, the results of which have informed the development of a biennial gender action plan, which will lead the way for increasing gender equity within the workplace.
The audit focussed on gender representation within Council, equitable remuneration, access to employment opportunities and staff perceptions around gender equity. The audit findings, aligned with the seven quality standards of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act) to allow Council to benchmark its performance against other employers across Australia.
The resulting equity action plan sits within Council's internal functions and will be overseen and delivered by Council’s employees; keeping equity and the prevention of gender-based violence an ongoing feature of workplace culture at Baw Baw Shire Council.
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Accreditation and Awards
Council has recently been recognised for its work towards gender equity, receiving the Bronze National Award & Accreditation for Local Councils.