Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Victorian Govt releases new gender equality strategy

Halving the gender pay gap in the Victorian Public Service and improving job security and conditions for women with a new Fair Jobs Code are just two of the 110 actions laid out in the Victorian Government’s new gender equality strategy, Our Equal State.

The whole-of-government strategy sets out a roadmap for the Government’s next four years of action and investment in gender equality.

Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins said Our Equal State was a significant milestone under the state’s ground-breaking Gender Equality Act 2020, which requires her to work with all public sector organisations to develop an action plan every four years.

“We need to ensure the girls of today are empowered to be the women of tomorrow regardless of the colour of their skin, religious beliefs or cultural upbringing,” the Minister said.

“We’ve made nation-leading progress on gender equality, but we know there’s still significant work to do and we’ll continue to stand strong against biased systems and toxic ideas.”

“We want to thank all of our valued partners who have worked with us to develop this strategy and continue to help us make Victoria a more equal state for everyone.”

The strategy focuses on gender equality on childhood and youth, adulthood and older age – to highlight the gendered gaps in choices and opportunities between women, men and gender diverse people at different ages, and outlines actions to close them.

These actions fall into five categories: cultural change, health and wellbeing, safety and respect, economic equity and public sector leadership.

Our Equal State is being backed by $2.7 billion in initiatives in the Victorian Budget 2023/24 to directly address women’s needs and work towards improving outcomes for women, including $23 million to provide free pads and tampons in public places and $153.9 million for new women’s health services.

The strategy addresses the fact that gender inequality is compounded by intersecting forms of discrimination and disadvantage, including racism, homophobia, ableism and ageism.

Our Equal State aligns with existing Labor Government strategies – Pride in our future, Victoria’s first whole-of-government LGBTIQ+ strategy, and Free From Violence, the state’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.

To read the Strategy, visit

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