Women in local government will benefit from a $615,000 federal grant over three years to support the development of their leadership skills and capabilities.
The federal funding will go to Local Government Professionals (LGP) Australia to help boost female leadership, with tailored support and development training for individual leaders, and guidance to help councils achieve gender balance targets.
Last year the LGP committed to a gender target of 40% men, 40% women and 20% unspecified by 2025. LGP national president Victoria Mackirdy said that the group has been working hard to achieve the target.
“This funding is a vote of confidence in our efforts by the Minister for Women and a real commitment by the Australian Government to support local government and women in the sector,” McKirdy said.
The funding for the LGP is part of an allocation of $39.8 million for 60 different organisations under the government’s Women’s Leadership and Development program. The federal fund aims to support programs that encourage women’s job creation, economic security, workforce participation, leadership and safety.
“I am pleased to announce the successful grant recipients who will build on the success of the Women’s Leadership and Development Program and further support women in workplaces across Australia,” minister for women Marise Payne said about the program in May.
“Opportunities will be created for women to up-skill and enter traditionally male dominated industries including non-traditional trades, aviation, construction and coding as well as progress to leadership positions.”
The $615,000 funding for LGP will make available mentoring opportunities, scholarships and board traineeships to select individuals.
For councils, the money will help deliver resources such as reports, case studies and a new toolkit to help foster female leaders in local government workforces.
“LGA is proud to be partnering with the Office for Women on our Local Government Women’s Future Leader Program,” McKirdy added.