The Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector states:
Equality will be achieved when women, men and gender diverse people can access and enjoy equal resources and opportunities regardless of gender.
As a defined entity under the Gender Equality Act 2020, the Victorian Public Sector Commission must complete 5 key tasks to meet our obligations under the Act.
|Key task||Completed (yes/no)||Notes|
|Promote gender equality||Yes||Consider, promote and take positive action towards achieving gender equality.|
|Conduct gender impact assessments||No, apply to GRADS and Careers Vic in future||Include in normal process for developing policies, programs and services that have direct and significant impact on the public.|
|Undertake a workplace gender audit||Yes, submitted
1 December 2021
|Undertake the audit every 4 years, in the same year the GEAP is written.|
|Create a Gender Equality Action Plan||
Yes, due 31 March 2022
Next due 31 October 2025
|Develop and submit a GEAP every 4 years.|
|Report on progress||Due 31 October 2023||Submit progress report to Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner every 2 years. Organisations are held to account for making reasonable and material progress.|
- Gender Equality Action Plan must be revised and submitted to the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector every 4 years.
- Progress report must be submitted to the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector every 2 years. The first is due in 2023.
- Governance and Corporate provides a progress update on the Gender Equality Action Plan to the Executive Management Group twice annually.
- Gender Equality Action Plan dashboard check and strategic discussion are an agenda item at EMG quarterly.
- Additional GEAP items and discussions are scheduled by responsible branch as necessary.
- Governance and Corporate analyses workforce data and People Matter Survey results from a gender equality perspective annually.
- Governance and Corporate is responsible for fulfilling reporting obligations and leading engagement with stakeholders, including the Gender Equality Commission and Community and Public Sector Union.
- Commissioner and Commissioner’s Office maintains gender equality advocacy commitments.
- Governance and Corporate maintains an achievement register to support reporting obligations.