Key workplace initiatives
Gender Equity Action Plan
Yarra Ranges Gender Equity Action Plan 2017-2019, informed by an organisational Gender Self-Assessment conducted in 2016, is currently being reviewed and updated.
Gender Equity and Bystander Training
YRC staff complete Gender Equity and Bystander Training as part of Corporate Induction. Our team of Gender Equity Advocates – staff from work areas across Council – are trained to deliver this training to their peers.
Family Violence Support
YRC employees are encouraged to access support for family violence. Key staff in our People and Culture department are available to provide support, and leaders at YRC have participated in Responding to Disclosures of Family Violence Training facilitated by EDVOS.
Gender Equity and Inclusion Project
The Gender Equity and Inclusion Project, funded by State Government through the Free from Violence Local Government Grants Program, supported teams to develop skills and confidence to adapt their work to be gender equitable and inclusive. In 2019 the following work areas participated in the pilot:
- Executive Leadership Team
- Corporate Planning and Communications
- Human Resources
- Environment and Infrastructure Leadership Team
- Recreation and Active Living – Sport
- Traffic and Transport
- Creative Communities – Cultural Facilities
- Emergency Management
- Maternal and Child Health
Gender Equality Bill Implementation Pilot
Yarra Ranges Council, along with nine other councils, has been funded by State Government to complete a project in preparation for reporting under the Gender Equality Act 2020.
In 2020, the following work areas have been involved in this pilot:
- Youth Development
- Recreation and Active Living
- People and Culture
Key community initiatives
YRC works on a range of projects in partnership with other service providers, organisations and Councils working to promote gender equality. Key partnerships include:
- Gender Equity in the Early Years Partnership
- Yarra Ranges Gender Equity Partnership
- Together for Equality and Respect Partnership
YRC is committed to promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women across a range of local settings. Key projects are currently running in the following settings:
- Early years services
- Sporting Clubs
- Therapy in nature
Margins to the Mainstream – Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities
In 2020, YRC has received a grant from the Department of Social Services for a project on prevention of violence against women with disabilities. The project, which as reach across the Eastern Metropolitan Region, will be led by Women’s Health East in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria, Yarra Ranges Council, Boroondara City Council, Access Health and Community, Inspiro, EACH, EDVOS and evaluation consultant Wei Leng Kwok.
Mentoring for Women
YRC is partnering with Eastern Health, Voices of Women and CIRE Services to deliver the Taking it Step by Step Mentoring Project in 2020. This mentoring program recruit mentors and mentees from across the Yarra Ranges.
Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE) Program
This program run by The Men’s Project, an initiative from Jesuit Social Services, aimed to increase skills, knowledge and confidence of male and female role models to promote respect and equality, particularly among boys and men. Learnings were taken away and applied to their work across the community on engaging boys and men.
See past the stereotype
Short films developed by Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges Councils to raise awareness about gender stereotyping. Watch the video series here.