Blueprint for gender equity

By Angela Dorizas Governments must set gender equality targets for government boards and amend procurement procedures to encourage equal opportunity, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has said. At the launch of her Gender Equality Blueprint at the National Press Club last week, Ms Broderick called on the Australian Government to follow the lead of state and […]

Thousands rally nationwide for gender pay equity

Equal pay supporters in Sydney. Image: Australian Services Union. Thousands of people rallied across the country on Thursday in what was Australia's biggest equal pay march since the 1970s. Organised by the Australian Services Union (ASU), the rallies were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin, along with a number of regional areas, including Lismore, Nowra, […]

Federal funding a boon for local government women

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has committed $490,000 for a range of projects to improve the participation of women in local government. Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek announced the funding at the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council in Darwin late last week. The funding […]

Ambassadors for women in local government announced

By Staff Writer The national steering committee for the Year of Women in Local Government have selected 21 ambassadors for next year’s celebrations. Over the next 18 months, ambassadors from each state and territory will be responsible for building greater recognition of the role of women in the sector. Steering Committee chairman Ray Pincombe said […]

New alliance calls for equal pay

Working women still earn 17 per cent less than men, says the Equal Pay Alliance. Image: iStock. By Angela Dorizas A new alliance has called on government to close the gender pay gap. The Equal Pay Alliance was officially launched today to coincide with Equal Pay Day. It comprises 135 representatives from business, unions and […]

Appeal to councils to end gender inequality

By Staff Writer Local government should play a greater role in pursuing national gender equality, according to the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. Speaking at the Australian Local Government’s Women’s Association (ALGWA) biennial national conference, Broderick called on councils to improve representation of women within the local government sector. “The obstacles to gender equity […]

The gender agenda on International Women’s Day

“In relation to gender pay equity in Australia we still seem to be operating in an environment of bubble skirts and ‘choose life’ t-shirts – we’re still at the beginning of the 80s." NSW Minister for Women, Verity Firth. Photo: iStock. Governments within Australia pride themselves on being employers of choice for women. But despite […]


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