The Gender Equality Act 2020 aims to improve workplace gender equality in the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils.
The object of the act is to:
- Promote, encourage and facilitate the achievement of gender equality and improvement in the status of women
- Support the identification and elimination of systemic causes of gender inequality in policy, programs and delivery of services in workplaces and communities
- Recognise that gender inequality may be compounded by other forms of disadvantage or discrimination that a person may experience on the basis of Aboriginality, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and other attributes
- Redress disadvantage, address stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence, and accommodate persons of different genders by way of structural change
- Enhance economic and social participation by persons of different genders
- Further promote the right to equality set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Under the Act, the SRO as a public entity has a number of obligations, these include to:
- develop and implement a Gender Equality Action Plan, which includes:
- results of a workplace Gender Audit, and
- strategies for achieving workplace gender equality
- publicly report on their progress in relation to workplace gender equality
- promote gender equality in policies, programs and services that impact the public
- complete gender impact assessments.