Council awarded for commitment to gender equity
  • Thursday 14 March 2013

Sunshine Coast Council today celebrated being awarded a Bronze Certificate under the 50:50 Vision – Councils for Gender Equity program, jointly sponsored by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. This is the first national accreditation and awards program designed to encourage councils across Australia to proactively address gender issues both within the staff group and among elected representatives.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the receipt of the award publicly highlights council’s determination and commitment to addressing gender equity issues and inclusive workplace practices.

“Winning an award in the 50:50 Vision – Councils for Gender Equity program – reinforces how serious we are about promoting equity, removing barriers and ensuring we are a supportive and respectful organisation,” Cr McKay said.

Cr McKay said the organisation had received the award for its work in:

  • encouraging leadership learning paths for women in local government;
  • reviewing and analysing numbers of female staff attending current leadership training;
  • encouraging female staff to undertake training offered under the organisation’s Learning Calendar;
  • investigating employment strategies for targeting the recruitment and retention of women in non-traditional roles, particularly in technical, IT, civil and horticultural roles.

“Importantly, the program is not about being appointed or promoted just because you’re a woman – it’s about looking at contemporary ways to increase council’s productivity and improve our performance by making sure we harness all of the organisation’s talent – male and female,” Cr McKay said.

The Councils for Gender Equity program aims to work with councils to:

  • increase the number of skilled women in the local government sector, both at elected and senior level positions;
  • drive cultural change in what continues to be a male dominated industry; and
  • help them build excellence in the workforce.

Council endorsed its participation in the Councils for Equity Program at its Ordinary Meeting November last year.