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Leading the change

Council’s Gender Equity Action Plan maps out Council’s approach to integrating gender equity, considerations across policy, programs, and organisational processes.

Council is helping to prevent violence against women and children in our community by:

The benefits of promoting gender equity, as outlined in the plan, include:

  • Attracting the right employees, in the right roles at the right time
  • Reducing cost of employee turnover
  • Enhancing organisational performance by increasing diversity in the workforce
  • Minimising legal risks associated with sex discrimination and harassment claims
  • Enhancing the organisation’s reputation both to prospective employees and the community
  • Developing more effective and efficient policy due to an enhanced understanding of the diversity of community need

Council’s Gender Equity Working Group is providing advice and direction for the implementation of the action plan. The group’s action plan for 2015-17 has a focus on staff and how they can change attitudes and behaviours to result in gender equity within the workplace and services that consider gender equality.

We know that violence against women and their children is preventable and local government is uniquely placed to play a key role in the primary prevention of violence against women.

Council is responsible for creating safe and healthy environments, has the capacity to facilitate and lead community responses, can be a role model and promote gender equity in workplace practices, provides community services and can use existing structures, relationships and infrastructure to drive change.

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