Local Government

Local Governments are uniquely positioned to have a wide scope of power and influence on the everyday lives of the community it represents – from birth to later life and everywhere in between.

In addition to being one of the largest employers in the region, the organisation has multi-faceted responsibilities across health and wellbeing, sports and recreation, infrastructure, community planning and accessibility, early years education and community facilities. Each of these is a ‘touch point’ for community members to be impacted by the work of Local Councils.

It is therefore imperative that these vital services “walk the walk” of gender equality through their policies, procedures, and structures, while also “talking the talk” through modelling respectful and equitable attitudes and behaviours.

Goal 1.

The great South Coast community will hold attitudes, behaviours and practices that reject violence against women and gender inequality

EFFECTIVE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES
Ending workplace sexual harassment: A resource for small, medium and large employers

This resource will help employers create healthy and safe workplaces in which all women and men are able to work without fear of sexual harassment.

Goal 2.

There is equal access to power and resources within workplaces, public life.

DRIVING GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Best Practice Guide for Gender Equity in Local Government

This guide is designed to help local governments take practical steps to boost gender diversity in their councils and workforces by offering useful information and helpful suggestions.

DRIVING GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Local Government Gender Analysis Toolkit

This gender analysis toolkit is a guide to gender analysis of local government events, information, programs, projects and services. It is designed to be usable by all council officers across Victoria.

DRIVING GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Gender Equality Act

The Gender Equality Act requires Local Governments to fulfil a range of obligations to promote gender equality in their workplace, programs and policies.

DRIVING GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Gender Equity in Local Government Research Companion

This is the research companion document to the Best Practice Guide for Gender Equity in Local Government.

DRIVING GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Rainbow Tick framework

The Rainbow Tick is a quality framework that helps organisations show that they are safe, inclusive and affirming services and employers for the LGBTIQ community.

Goal 3.

Everyone within the Great South Coast is encouraged and has the freedom to explore positive personal identities, sexualities, and roles in our society.

Goal 4.

The Great South Coast community promote and experience positive, equal, and respectful relationships.

Goal 1.

The great South Coast community will hold attitudes, behaviours and practices that reject violence against women and gender inequality

Goal 2.

There is equal access to power and resources within workplaces, public life.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Gender and Disaster Pod

Seeing emergency management planning, response, recovery and reconstruction through a gender lens allows for a more accurate assessment of the similar but different vulnerabilities and strengths of women and men. Agencies can use this information when developing their preparedness, response and recovery policies and plans.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Gender Equity in Design Guidelines

This document brings together an understanding of Community Facility settings, key design elements and gender equity principles to provide guidance on how to apply a gender equity lens during the feasibility, master planning and design phases for new community facilities, or in the redevelopment and refurbishment of existing facilities.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Gender budgeting

Gender budgeting is a strategy and a process with the long-term aim of achieving gender equality goals. This step-by-step toolkit on gender budgeting is designed for civil servants and managers

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Gender Responsive Budgeting

The purpose of Gender Responsive Budgeting is to promote accountability and transparency in fiscal planning; increase gender responsive participation in the budget process; and to advance gender equity agenda. This tool highlights different approaches to make programme budgeting more gender-responsive.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Gender as Material to Infrastructure Projects: Reaching Better Outcomes by Applying a Gender Lens from Project Inception

This paper focuses on the application of a gender lens at the earliest stage of developing better infrastructure projects, both in terms of development outcomes and risk-adjusted returns for investors. It highlights the opportunity for blended finance in influencing the markets at the earliest stage of project development.

Goal 3.

Everyone within the Great South Coast is encouraged and has the freedom to explore positive personal identities, sexualities, and roles in our society.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
A Gender Lens for Leisure
The Gender Lens for Leisure project intends to support Council to provide gender equitable leisure settings for all users of council leisure and sporting facilities across the community.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines
The Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines provide information and advice on how to deliver more gender equitable environments.

The information assists community sport and recreation clubs, governing sport bodies, recreation facility management organisations, as well as local government bodies.

INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
LGBTIQ Inclusive Language Guide
The LGBTIQ inclusive language guide is for Victorian Public Sector employees. It explains how to use language respectfully and inclusively when working with and referring to LGBTIQ people. By using inclusive language, we demonstrate respect in both our workplaces and in developing and delivering policies, programs and services for all Victorians.

COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT
Pride in Prevention Messaging Guide
This guide has been produced to support communications and engagement in primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities.

Goal 4.

The Great South Coast community promote and experience positive, equal, and respectful relationships.

APPLYING A GENDER LENS
Creating Safe and Inclusive Public Spaces for Women
‘Creating Safe and Inclusive Public Spaces for Women’ gives an overview of the role that the design of public spaces plays in creating spaces that are safe, welcoming and accessible for women. It also looks at women’s experience of public spaces, and highlights the importance of women’s voices and expertise in creating spaces that are safe and inclusive for everyone.

INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
Words at Work
Language is a powerful tool for building inclusion at work. It can be used to create a sense of being valued, respected and one of the team (included) or of being under-valued, disrespected, and an ‘outsider’ (excluded). This Guide is a starting point for learning about inclusive language and communication.

Goal 1.

The great South Coast community will hold attitudes, behaviours and practices that reject violence against women and gender inequality

ACTIVE BYSTANDER GUIDE
Take action: Empowering bystanders to act on sexist and sexually harassing behaviours
This resource has been developed to help organisations introduce bystander initiatives as part of their work to reduce sexist and sexually harassing behaviours.

Goal 2.

There is equal access to power and resources within workplaces, public life.

Goal 3.

Everyone within the Great South Coast is encouraged and has the freedom to explore positive personal identities, sexualities, and roles in our society.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Baby Makes 3
The Baby Makes 3 project is an example of promising practice in the emerging field of preventing violence against women. It is a primary prevention program that seeks to prevent violence before it occurs, by promoting equal and respectful relationships between men and women during the transition to parenthood.

Goal 4.

The Great South Coast community promote and experience positive, equal, and respectful relationships.

EARLY YEARS
Respectful Relationship in the Early Years
These tools have been collated to assist early childhood services to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based whole service approach to respectful relationships education

Goal 1.

The great South Coast community will hold attitudes, behaviours and practices that reject violence against women and gender inequality

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism
16 Days of Activism encourages individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence against women.

Goal 2.

There is equal access to power and resources within workplaces, public life.

Goal 3.

Everyone within the Great South Coast is encouraged and has the freedom to explore positive personal identities, sexualities, and roles in our society.

EARLY YEARS
Creating Gender Equity in the Early Years
The early years are a critical time when gender roles and stereotypical notions of what it means to be masculine or feminine are shaped, and when positive influences on children’s and families’ understanding of gender norms can most easily be achieved. This resource provides a number of tools and resources for the local government and early years sectors across Victoria.

Goal 4.

The Great South Coast community promote and experience positive, equal, and respectful relationships.

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We proudly acknowledge Aboriginal people as the first peoples, Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands and waters on which this work occurs. We acknowledge and respect the wisdom, living culture and unique role that Aboriginal people hold, and saw them thrive for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the ongoing leadership role of the Aboriginal community on gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. As First Peoples, our Aboriginal communities are best placed to determine their own culturally appropriate path to gender equality.

We acknowledge the support of the State Government of Victoria Office for Women - Free from Violence Women’s Health Service Capacity Building Fund.