More women now elected to NSW councils

Last month’s local government elections has brought about a rise in the number of women elected to councils, the sector’s peak body has said.

Public sector women struggle to find work-life balance

Women in the Australian public sector have access to flexible work conditions but are not making use of their entitlements, a new report has found. The CPSU’s annual What Women Want survey, conducted in conjunction with the University of Queensland, was released today to mark 100 years of International Women’s Day. The survey of 10,000 working […]

SA councils call out for more women

The Local Government Association (LGA) of South Australia will hold a free seminar for women interested in running in the November local government election. LGA president Felicity-ann Lewis said it was unacceptable that women only accounted for less than 27 per cent of elected council members in SA. “It is not a true representation of the make up […]

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 […]

New book to encourage women into local politics

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has launched a new resource to encourage more women into politics. The new book, Women in Politics, was launched by ALGA president Geoff Lake at the national general assembly in Canberra. It forms part of ALGA's contribution to the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government campaign and includes […]

CPSU investigates what women want

Australian working women are under more pressure than ever due to financial uncertainty, caring responsibilities and overtime work, a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) survey has found. The survey of 9500 working women, What Women Want, found that many women did not had enough superannuation to self-fund their retirement. Of those surveyed, 25.8 per cent […]

Women more successful in attaining top job

By Angela Dorizas Women are not applying for senior management positions in local government despite having a higher success rate than male applicants, a McArthur study has found. A review of 131 senior management recruitment campaigns found that only 17 per cent of applicants were women, but overall 23 per cent of women were successful […]

Year of Women in Local Government kicks-off

City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone, City of Sydney councillor Marcelle Hoff, Federal Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese, ALGWA NSW president Karen McKeown and Local Government Managers Australia CEO John Ravlic. Image: Encapture Photography. By Angela Dorizas Federal and local government have launched a new initiative to recognise, celebrate and promote the advancement of women […]

Grants for women in government

By Staff Writer Women in government have been reminded to submit their applications for the 2010 Women’s Leadership Grants. Launched at the 2009 Premier’s Women’s Summit in Melbourne last month, the $500,000 grants program aims to increase the capacity of women to participate in decision making and leadership opportunities, increase diversity among Victoria’s female leaders […]

Women not getting recognition they deserve, says academic

By Rob O’Brien Women in government are being judged more on their appearances despite being better community representatives, a former federal politician and academic has said. Convenor of the fifth Women in Parliament conference, Dr Mary Crawford, from the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Management, said women parliamentarians are better at serving their constituents but […]


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