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Women’s Leadership and Economic Security 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 has developed a Women’s Leadership and Economic Security Strategy aimed at increasing women’s participation, with a focus on non-traditional and growth employment areas, informed by consultation with the business sector and other key stakeholders.

What have we achieved so far?

The South Australian Government published the strategy, which will be implemented through three annual action plans, beginning in November 2021.

Attendees at the consultation roundtables have 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?

In developing innovative approaches that support women in leadership and address barriers to economic security, the South Australian Government is seeking business feedback to ensure the strategy is accessible, practical, and works for business, industry, and government.

The first annual action plan will be released in 2021.

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 leadership positions and to improve economic security, 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.

The impact of COVID-19 on women’s financial security has been seen across Australia and the Framework will support women to improve their economic situation through education and promotion of opportunities.

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