Brimbank’s Workplace Gender Equality Action Plan 2021-2025

Council’s Gender Equality Action Plan 2021-2025 (pdf, 600kb) is our plan for advancing gender equality in the workplace. This is an overview of our vision for workplace gender equality and the eight key objectives of the Gender Equality Action Plan.

Developing the Gender Equality Action Plan was a requirement of the Gender Equality Act 2020 and has been developed following a workplace gender audit and consultation with employees, Councillors and Trade Unions. Based on the findings of the audit and what was told to us through the consultation process we have developed our vision for gender equality at Council.

Brimbank’s Vision for Workplace Gender Equality

Our vision for gender equality in the workplace is where all people are able to participate and access resources, opportunities and benefits equally, and feel safe and included regardless of gender or any other attributes of their identity.

Delivering on our Gender Equality Action Plan over the next four years we aim to:

  • Strengthen and support an organisational culture of equity that values and promotes gender equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Progress towards a workplace where women, men and gender diverse people are equitably represented at all levels of Council and have equal access to career opportunities and remuneration
  • Promote a positive culture of workplace flexibility and equitable support and access for family and caring responsibilities for people of all genders
  • Enhance and embed policies, procedures and processes to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace and equip leaders and all employees to demonstrate equitable and inclusive practices.

Gender Equality Action Plan Objectives

It is structured around eight objectives. Under each objective are a number of strategies and actions that will drive organisational changes and build the capacity of staff so we can meet these objectives.

The eight objectives are:

  • Brimbank establishes a robust accountability framework for gender equity and inclusion
  • Council leaders drive a gender equitable and inclusive workplace to balance gender and intersectional representation in leadership
  • Council represents the diversity of genders and identities across the municipality
  • Equal pay for women, men and gender diverse people at Council for work of equal or comparable value
  • Brimbank is a workplace free from sexual harassment and employees are confident to call out negative behaviour
  • Council ensures that women, men and gender diverse people have equitable access to career and learning and development opportunities
  • Women, men and gender diverse people equitably access flexible work and leave arrangements, particularly in relation to family and caring responsibilities
  • Teams are progressing towards gender equitable workplace composition.