The Victorian Government 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 came 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 Training Project commenced in July 2018 and was launched by the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP in November 2018, running from July 2018 to December 2020. The project in now complete however the resources developed and the project findings continue.
View the video illustration of the training development journey below:
Find out more about the project deliverables.
Read more about the project in the Gender Equity Training Project Summary report. The report outlines the need for the project, the contributors, milestones and outcomes, including recommendations and further opportunities arising.
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 competency.
View the Course in Gender Equity: Accredited Course brochure.
Contact us to discuss licensee arrangements for Registered Training Organistions (RTOs).
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:
View the Online courses in Gender Equity: Microcredentials brochure.
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 Short courses in Gender Equity: Pathway Course brochure.
Contact us for further information on where these courses are being delivered.
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 approach, and ensure:
View a list of the organisations and individual consultants who contributed to the forum consultations.
View mapping of the consultation process used to develop the skills and knowledge within the units of competency.
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.
The Gender Equity education programs will be available from January 2021. To find out more about how you, your training organisation or workplace can access or license these programs contact us.
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.
Drawing on our research findings Monash University have developed a Teaching Toolkit to support teachers develop the pedagogical skills required, and technique to use them effectively in the delivery of the Course in Gender Equity. This is an important companion document to the research paper and a useful tool for all teachers teaching gender equity.
View the Teaching Toolkit: Teaching Gender Equity: A toolkit for teaching gender equity units of competency
The Gender Equity Accredited Training Project (WHV) in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria (GENVic) and Women in Adult & Vocational Education (WAVE) has made a submission to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review (the Review). The Review advocates for a vocational education and training system that is for every Victorian, that is trusted and that delivers prosperity for all Victorians. The submission, drawing on a wealth of evidence, identifies that this is not possible until inequity in our society and economy is addressed – specifically gender equity.
The submission argues that Victoria’s VET sector is well placed to address this inequity and to support the transformational change required to achieve gender equality while working as part of a broader Victorian Government economic and social change agenda, seeking to enact social and economic reform.
The Gender Equity Accredited Training Project (WHV) in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria (GENVic) and Women in Adult & Vocational Education (WAVE) has made a submission in response to matters raised in the Productivity Commission Interim Report.
The submission specifically talks to issues in relation to Item 5 in the scope of work which asks the Commission to consider ‘options to ensure government investment in VET encourages increased participation in training by all Australians and is commensurate with the outcomes and benefits derived by individuals, business, industry, the local and national economy and society more generally’ highlighting that VET will only deliver increased participation, prosperity and productivity for all if it is equitable.
The joint submission provides evidence to support that in order for the next NASWD to deliver the intended outcomes for all Australians, gender equality needs to be a long term national target and measures of progress to this target need to be defined and tracked in the COAG performance dashboard.
The need for gender equity in teaching practice has been highlighted by WHV Workforce Development Manager Debra Parker (FAITD) and WHV Workforce Development Officer Ellie Swindon in an article they co-authored on gender equity and teaching practice. The article appeared in Training & Development magazine, September 2020 Vol. 47 No. 3, published by the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), it looks at the impact of gender equity as it relates to education and how teachers can become agents for change through their practice.
Read the full article: The need for gender equity in teaching practice