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.
The Gender Equity Project commenced in July 2018 and has achieved three major milestones to date:
In the second half of 2019 WHV will work with the project partners to develop the supporting teaching and learning resources and the non-accredited training components of the project.
In 2020 WHV and project partners will pilot the accredited Course in Gender Equity with three Victorian training partners - RMIT at their city campus, Coonara Community House in Ferntree Gully and Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House in Yarrawonga. We will also pilot the non-accredited modules across these three sites.
To find out more about the project deliverables click here
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
To find out more about the units click here
The Units of competency have been developed following consultation that considered the intersecting context of gender equity work, industry need, and the skills and knowledge required for gender equity work, and finally the pedagogical approaches required to deliver a course in gender equity and how that was evidenced within the design of the units of competency.
· An Advisory Committee was formed to support the design and development of the unit. Click here for a list of the Advisory Committee Members
· Three Industry Forums were run to seek feedback to inform the  Intersectionality approach  Industry relevance and  Educational design of the units of competency. Click here for a list of the organisations and individual consultants who contributed to the forum consultations.
Click here for a mapping of the consultation process used to develop the skills and knowledge within the units of competency.
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.
Click here for a summary of how the research has informed design.
Click here to view the research report: Supporting gender equity education – a research project to inform gender equity units of competency.