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Australian Gender Equality Council launches with #itstime

Women & Leadership Australia is proud to announce its membership to the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC). AGEC is Australia’s first independent, national body dedicated to driving gender equality. It is committed to creating the same rights and opportunities for women when it comes to pay, superannuation, the workplace and society.

Women in rural areas face more disadvantages than their big-city counterparts.

In 2017, a report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission on International Women's Day revealed that women in rural and regional areas are far more likely to experience disadvantage and discrimination in the workplace than women who are located in urban areas near big cities.

Local and State governments in Victoria are leading the way in gender equity action plans

Victoria has made major strides towards gender equality in the past two weeks, with the Victorian Government announcing a brand new framework titled 'Safe and Strong, Victoria's Gender Equity Strategy.'

100 Days For Change hits new heights and momentum​

100 Days for Change, the grassroots initiative that encourages all Australian organisations and individuals to implement change to increase workplace gender diversity, has now received pledges and support from more than 200 organisations and individuals across the country.    Both large and small organisations have begun to implement a wide range of transformative workplace changes and initiatives. Highlights include: • Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are promoting initiatives to assist their people to work flexibly • AUSTRAC is establishing a women’s network throughout the agency• the Nine Network are launching a mentoring program for women employees• Driveco have started using gender neutral language in recruitment drives• Frankston Toyota have pledged to increase their workforce to 40% females by 2020• EY has launched a ‘Glidepath to Leadership’ program that supports high-potential females• King & Wood Mallesons are launching 6 separate initiatives including a pay gap analysis• Fancy Films is launching a documentary series profiling a range of inspiring female leaders• CBRE is establishing a domestic violence policy and undertaking a pay parity study• Global Merces Funds have committed to offer flexible working solutions for mothers/fathers• Northrop will increase women in leadership roles and normalise flexible work arrangements• The Salvation Army is launching new policies, workshops and leadership development• Prompt Engineering is providing working mothers with flexible hours, location and support.Individual pledges have also demonstrated a broad range of actions including community role modelling, strengths analysis and championing both maternity and paternity leave.  “The depth, range and variety of pledges is truly remarkable, and really speaks to the quality and commitment of so many individuals and organisations,” said Suzi Finkelstein, Program Director for WLA. “To think that so many are actively working to build more inclusive cultures that make a difference to the engagement, capacity and growth of workplaces right across the country is just tremendous.”The project is supported by the Australian Gender Equality Council, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Orima Research to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the campaign’s overall impact on Australian workplaces.Organisations and individuals can still pledge their initiative and start to implement it by October 8th using the hashtag #100daysforchange on social media. More information about 100 Days for Change

Richmond Valley Council joins 100 Days for Change

NSW regional council commits to change on gender equity through three key initiatives.

Women & Leadership Australia’s Suzi Finkelstein interviewed on CPA Australia Podcast

Suzi Finkelstein, Program Director at Women & Leadership Australia, recently joined the CPA Australia Podcast to discuss all things women in leadership, workplace gender equity and the 100 Days for Change initiative.

Executive leadership, motherhood and the modern-day dream

Amber Brodecky talks about discovering a vision that will take her into the future both as a successful career woman and as a fulfilled mother.

64 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women awarded grants to attend leadership event

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from every state and territory have been awarded grants to attend the 2018 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums.

Director of Associates, Paul Larkin awarded Dean's and ACEL awards​

WLA Director of Associates, Paul Larkin has just been awarded both the Dean’s and ACEL awards as part of his graduation in the Master of Leadership in Organisational Learning. Paul was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence from Monash University for his academic excellence, which recognised the fact that Paul was the top graduating student in 2017. Along with getting the highest score in his class throughout the program, Paul was also awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) award, which is presented to the top graduating student across Monash’s leadership courses within the Faculty of Education.Victorian Branch ACEL President Coralee Pratt and Executive Dean, Faculty of Education at Monash University Professor John Loughran presented Paul (at left in the photo above) with both awards at a ceremony dinner. Massive congratulations to Paul for his hard work and dedication in achieving such great academic results, matched only by the rave reviews he regularly receives from our clients (both individual and organisational). Connect with Paul on LinkedIn and get in touch with us if you want to find out how Paul can help you and your organisation in your approach to leadership.​

One of WLA's industry partners helps shine a light on farming women

Together with The Invisible Farmer Project, the Australian Fodder Industry Association is searching for stories from women in Australian farming.