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COVID-19 update on service delivery

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be working closely with our project partners and stakeholders whilst implementing the advice from our health authorities to adjust and change our ways of working in order to continue to deliver the Gender Equity Training Project.

We are currently in pilot delivery phase of the Gender Equity Training Project and are taking steps to convert to online delivery across the pilot delivery sites. We are however cognisant of the range of challenges facing both trainers and pilot participants at this time and are committed to maintaining clear communication with all parties.

If you have any questions about the Gender Equity Training Project progress during these changing times please contact Debra Parker, WHV Project Lead direct via email debra.parker@whv.og.au

Accredited Gender Equality Training Project

The Victorian Government has funded Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) and a consortium of organisations including RMIT, Monash University, Knox City Council, Women with Disabilities Victoria, ACEVic and two adult community learning centres Coonara Community House and Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House to develop and pilot a Course in Gender Equity.

This funding has come about through the identified Industry Planning needs to skill the emerging gender equity and prevention of violence against women practitioners that work across a range of industries and sectors, which was a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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About the project

The Gender Equity Project commenced in July 2018 and has achieved six major milestones to date:

  1. The course concept was approved by the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority in February 2019
  2. The eight units of competency which form the Course in Gender Equity have been developed and submitted for accreditation in June 2019
  3. The 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity is now registered on the VRQA list of accredited courses, accredited for the period of 1 August 2019 – 31 July 2024. View here.
  4. The research report supporting the development and delivery of the gender equity units of competency was published in September 2019. View here.
  5. The Teaching Toolkit supporting the delivery of the gender equity units was developed in December 2019. The final toolkit will be published following pilot delivery of the accredited course.
  6. The pilot delivery of the accredited course and the Microcredentials commenced January 2020 at the three pilot sites - RMIT at their city campus, Coonara Community House in Ferntree Gully and Yarrawonga Education and Training in Yarrawonga.

We continue to develop the training resources in conjunction with subject matter experts to support delivery of the programs.

Find out more about the project deliverables here.

The course

The 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity includes eight units of competency:

1.    VU22770    Develop a gender lens to support gender equity work 
2.    VU22771    Apply a gender lens to own work role    
3.    VU22772    Communicate effectively with gender equity stakeholders    
4.    VU22773    Establish support for gender equity work    
5.    VU22774    Explore gender equity policy and practice in the workplace    
6.    VU22775    Undertake a gender assessment
7.    VU22776    Develop gender equity strategies    
8.    VU22777    Implement and monitor gender equity strategies

Read more about the units of competancy.

View the course brochure.

About the Microcredentials

Microcredentials are certification-style learning programs that individuals choose to study to improve a skill found in a particular industry area. They are short, online courses that provide learners with a digital certification or a 'digital badge' when complete.

The Gender Equity Microcredentials can be delivered as parallel learning, supporting the development of workplace skills in gender equity for students completing a formal qualification in any study area. They can also be delivered as professional development for any workforce providing flexible online learning to build gender equity capability.

There are six Gender Equity Microcredentials available:

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View more information about each of the Gender Equity Microcredentials in the brochure.

To find out how you can access these online courses contact us

About the Pathway Courses

Workplaces are changing, employees need to understand the important role of gender equality in the workplace.

According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, workplace gender equality is achieved when people can access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender. The pathways courses will provide jobseekers or career changes with an understanding of what the gender equity workplace expectations are in any workplace and where gender equity work occurs in our community for those seeking employment in this field.

View the Pathway Courses brochure to find out more about the two courses available.

To find out more about the Learn Local providers delivering the pathway courses contact us.

About the consultation process

The gender equity training programs have been developed following consultation that considered:

An Advisory Committee was formed to support the design and development of the units of competence. View a list of the Advisory Committee Members.

Three Industry Forums were run to inform the development of the units of competency and training apprach, and ensure: 

View a list of the organisations and individual consultants who contributed to the forum consultations.

To view mapping of the consultation process used to develop the skills and knowledge within the units of competency click here.

Four sub-committees were also formed to support resource design and development, with expertise in the areas of gender practice, education process and pedagogy, digital learning and adult learning sought from project partners and stakeholders.

Read our research findings

As a partner in the project Monash University was responsible for researching the pedagogical approaches required to deliver a course in Gender Equity. This research has informed the development of the units of competency and will inform the development of the teaching and learning resources over the coming months.

Read a summary of how the research has informed design.

View the research report: Supporting gender equity education – a research project to inform gender equity units of competency.

To get involved and find out more about the project or for enquiries about how your training organisation or workplace can engage with accredited gender equity training

contact the Project Lead