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Women’s Employment and Leadership Strategy

Responsible government

  • South Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.

What are we doing?

The South Australian Government will develop an Employment and Leadership Strategy aimed at increasing women’s participation, with a focus on non-traditional and growth employment areas. Consultation with the business sector and other key stakeholders will be critical to the development of this strategy, with a focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), not-for-profits, and larger corporates.

What have we achieved so far?

The South Australian Office for Women has begun consultation on the strategy to inform its development.

Attendees at the first consultation roundtable included representatives from the construction, engineering, horticulture, accounting, housing and education sectors, including SMEs and not-for-profit organisations and peak bodies. Key themes arising from the consultation included the normalisation of flexible work, sharing caring responsibilities and the need for education on how to foster an inclusive workplace.

What is next?

  • Release of the Strategy will occur in early 2020.

What difference will we make?

  • Workplaces are key sites of change when it comes to improving women’s leadership and their economic participation. South Australia’s 140,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy and key drivers of employment of growth. We need to ensure that women are part of this growth.
  • This Strategy aims to create greater participation for women in employment and leadership positions, it is intended that the full participation of women will create cultural and structural changes in organisations so that gender equality activities will become a business and cultural norm.

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