Gender quotas for Victorian Government

Men Need Not Apply — Victoria Government’s Gender Quotas

While South Australian women were granted the right to vote in 1894, Victorian women didn’t gain that right until 1908. And the battle for equality in the ensuing 110 years has been a hard slog.

Today, Australian women have the same rights and, arguably, the same opportunities as men. But — for reasons which could fill dozens of pages — women remain underrepresented in certain occupations.

Encouraging more women to apply to those roles, like some of Victoria’s government departments, makes sense. However, initiating a quota system does not.

At the end of the day, Australian taxpayers want to see the best people working for them in the government. Whether that happens to be a majority of women or men is secondary to the candidates displaying the best qualifications for their roles.

Free report: Why Australia’s three-decade, recession-free ‘miracle economy’ is nothing more than a ticking timebomb. Download now.

But the Victorian government, particularly the Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins, doesn’t see it that way.

Gender equality at the forefront for Victorian Government

A Victorian government plan to increase the number of women in its departments will see a citizen’s jury examine the thorny issue of public sector gender quotas.

According to the AAP, the Labor government has released its draft gender equality bill for consultation. The jury is expected to explain just how the quotas will work later this year. It will report to Natalie Hutchins.

Targets, action plans and reporting need to be enshrined in law. While Victoria does have laws that prevent discrimination based on gender, there is currently no law to proactively progress gender equality,’ Hutchins said in a statement on Tuesday, as noted by the AAP.

PS: Is Australia’s ‘Ticking Timebomb’ about to blow? Download this free report to find out what we’ve been missing…

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
Comments: 2

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

  1. I work in a government department in WA. The nature of it means the male/female ratio changes constantly due to high turnover (eg- we have a lot of students that move on once graduated). If a situation like that, when would they measure if it to see if has ‘enough’ women in it? My department also has women in a majority of management positions. Would that be a factor? Does a bottom level male equal a female supervisor?

  2. Victoria’s taxpayer sheltered workshops are predominantly staffed by wimmin and migrants now. It’s a case of “spot the white man” when entering any of these enclaves.