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Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality

Responsible government

  • Western 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?

Stronger Together – WA’s Plan for Gender Equality (Stronger Together) is the Western Australian Government’s plan for addressing gender inequality with a focus on four priority areas:

  1. i. Health and wellbeing;
  2. ii. Safety and justice;
  3. iii. Economic independence; and
  4. iv. Leadership.

It sets out a framework for coordinated action by Government, business, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality over the next ten years.

What have we achieved so far?

In the lead up to launching Stronger Together, the 2019 Women’s Report Card was released in September 2019. The report card is the sixth in this series of indicator reports about women in Western Australia. It includes over 100 indicators and more than 500 statistics about women in the areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. It contributes to an evidence base for actions that support gender equality and aims to inform policy development and advocacy.

Stronger Together launched in March 2020 and includes an outcomes framework for gender equality in Western Australia with actions related to these outcomes.

An initial 12-month implementation and action plan sets out actions for the Western Australian Government to be progressed and including:

  • a target of 50 per cent women in top-level (Senior Executive Services) public service positions
  • public sector to trial voluntary reporting of agency data to the Workplace Gender equality Agency (currently no public sector agencies in any State do so); and
  • a commitment to examine opportunities to use the State Government’s purchasing power to incentivise suppliers to support gender equality policy and practice.

What is next?

Development of a comprehensive evaluation framework for Stronger Together.

The Government is monitoring the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women as part of WA’s Recovery Plan.

What difference will we make?

Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality provides a long-term co-ordinated approach to address gender equality in Western Australia by bringing together Government, business and the community.

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