In 2018 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 range of gender equity education programs.
This funding came about through the identified need to skill the emerging gender equity and prevention of violence against women workforce. One of the many recommendations from the 2016 Victorian 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 is now complete however the resources developed and the project findings continue.
This is a video illustration of the training development journey:
The project had four key deliverables:
The project included a comprehensive evaluation process, which resulted in a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government. Read more about the project in the final Gender Equity Training Project Summary report which outlines the need for the project, the contributors, milestones and outcomes, including recommendations and further opportunities arising.
The gender equity training programs developed through the project were developed by industry for industry using a comprehensive consultation process that considered:
An Advisory Committee was formed to support the design and development of the Course in Gender Euity units of competency. WHV also engaged a range of organisations and individuals who contributed to the course content and resourse development.
As a result of WHVs engagement in developing the Course in Gender Equity and in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria and Women in Adult and Vocational Education a submission was lodged to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy 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.
Additionally, again in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria and Women in Adult & Vocational Education another submission was lodged in response to matters raised in the Productivity Commission Interim Report. 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.
Our final published document from this project was an article published in the Training & Development Magazine, September 2020 Vol. 47 No. 3, published by the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), which looked at gender equity in teaching practice and how teachers can become agents for change through their practice.
Read the full article: The need for gender equity in teaching practice