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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2805 ..


Some of the actions included in the plan include to investigate options for a pilot project to deliver an ACT capital works project worth more than $5 million where tenderers must have a 100 per cent female site management team, and female participation in each trade subcontractor undertaking work on that project. That is a significant challenge, but what a great outcome if we can achieve that together.

Other actions include improving the representation of women on governance bodies that receive ACT government funding, through a set target of representation for boards receiving artsACT funding, similar to the program we put in place for sports boards, where there must be at least 40 per cent of female representation, otherwise their funding will be affected. One hundred per cent of our sports organisations have been able to achieve that target, despite some people saying that it could not be done and that women could not possibly have the experience or the expertise to be in those roles.

Another action is to develop and promote a series of e-learning modules on workplace rights, unconscious bias in recruitment, flexible working for women and men, gender impact analysis and gender equality strategies.

There is a lot of work to be done to address gender inequality in our community, in this country and in the world. I welcome the conversation we have had in the Assembly today and I continue to support that work, as I know Ms Orr’s motion further commits to. The journey for gender equality is a long one, but we have already proven that it is not impossible.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.49), by leave: I move:

Add:

“(iii) a breakdown of the pay gap experienced by non-binary and gender-diverse people from diverse groups (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically diverse and people with a disability).”.

During my previous comments I noted that it would be very interesting to ensure that gender diverse people in the public service and those who identify as non-binary could also have data collected, because we hear, anecdotally, that they also have lower pay rates. My amendment asks that this be included in the data reporting of Ms Orr’s motion.

It is new paragraph (2)(c)(iii); it is very similar to paragraph (2)(c)(ii) and asks for a breakdown of the pay gap experienced by non-binary and gender diverse people from diverse groups, including Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people with a disability.

It just adds one more facet to the data collection. Again, you cannot fix what you do not know. Collecting this data will give us more information to determine what may be happening for this cohort and, therefore, what steps could be taken. I commend the amendment to the Assembly.


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