Vic government on the hunt for public sector gender equality commissioner

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday June 2, 2020


The Victorian government is looking to appoint a public sector gender equality commissioner.

The role would be the first of its kind in Australia, according to minister for women Gabrielle Williams.

“With current working conditions putting a spotlight on the essential roles of women at both work and at home, the need for gender equality has never been more important,” she said on Monday.

“The first ever public sector gender equality commissioner will change gender equality in Victoria, starting with the public sector. I encourage all interested and qualified people to apply for this vital position.”

The commissioner would oversee implementation of the Gender Equality Act 2020, which was passed by the state parliament in February.

Read more: New laws require Vic public sector to take gender equality seriously

Under the act, public sector entities must publicly report on their progress on workplace gender equality. The act aims to guide gender equality reform in roughly 300 organisations.

The commissioner would initially focus on education and support for organisations, and would report directly to Williams.

They would play a key role in influencing policy, social norms, cultural expectations and attitudes towards gender equality, according to the job description.

“The commissioner will set up systems to ensure a high level of transparency and accountability with respect to the progress made towards gender equality in Victoria,” it said.

The role would also involve education, compliance, and enforcement functions, as well as some dispute resolution functions.

Applications can be submitted via the state government’s career portal until June 10.

Read more: Forging a new pathway to progress gender equality in Australia

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