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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?

The Stronger Together Action Plan One: Interim Report released in January 2021, provides an update on Government actions underway to advance gender equality. Since the launch of Stronger Together in March 2020, Government resources have focussed on women’s social and economic recovery, recognising the gendered impacts of COVID-19.

The impacts of the pandemic on women are evident across each of the four priority areas of Stronger Together. The Government has prioritised initiatives that support women’s ongoing participation; aligning the WA Recovery Plan to outcomes of Stronger Together.

Actions under the WA Recovery Plan to support women’s recovery include:

  • Low or no fee courses to engage displaced and unskilled jobseekers;
  • more jobs and opportunities for women to change industries;
  • improved access to financial counselling services;
  • support to retain and upskill for new career pathways;
  • changes allowing online lodgement for Family Violence and Restraining Orders through registered legal services providing family violence assistance;
  • increased investment in support services for victims of family and domestic violence;
  • strengthening capability and capacity of family and domestic violence response teams across WA;
  • supporting women in refuges gain employment skills and access pathways to future employment; and
  • senior leaders across WA public sector convened to monitor and report the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and work collaboratively to develop responses and maximises opportunities for women.

Stronger Together 2020 achievements include:

Women in WA public sector

  • Representation of women in the Senior Executive Service (SES) increase from 32.9 per cent in 2016 to 42.4 per cent at September 2020.
  • Gender parity has been reached for the first time in Tier 3 leadership roles at 51.3 per cent.
  • Government agencies working to remove barriers and bias in recruitment
  • Initiatives developed to increase the representation of women on government boards and committees.
  • Take-up of flexible and streamlined approaches to working practices to increase women’s career development and leadership opportunities.

Pilot voluntary public sector reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

  • Communities and the WA Public Sector are working with WGEA to identify how WA can contribute to the WGEA pilot.

Whole-of public sector gender equality data disclosure in procurement

  • Gender equality included in a new Social Procurement Framework, due for release in the first half of 2021.
  • Development of guidelines for public sector and organisations that supply to Government to raise awareness of gender equality procurement and benefits of diverse workplaces.
  • Including gender procurement criteria in the panel assessment process for awarding contracts through Communities’ COVID-19 Social Housing and Economic Recovery Package.

Grants for Women program

  • The Grant’s for Women program, targeting women’s participation and COVID-19 recovery, was open from September to November 2020 and 100 applications were submitted.
  • Successful applicants have been advised and funding released.

What is next?

  • Development of a comprehensive report on the outcomes of Action Plan One due late 2021.
  • Development of Action Plan Two – a four-year plan that will leverage partnerships across government, community and business sectors to drive gender equality across WA.
  • Ongoing monitoring and reporting of 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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