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Social Policy Update
 12 September 2018
Gender Equality Bill
The Victorian Government has drafted a Gender Equality Bill that will introduce new obligations for local government, state departments, and public sector entities. An exposure draft of the Gender Equality Bill is open for public consultation, with further details on these proposed changes available online via Engage Victoria.

The Gender Equality Bill proposes new obligations on the Victorian Public Service for planning and reporting on gender equality. The new obligations in the Bill will be expanded to include local government and public entities with over 100 full-time staff. Ultimately, the Bill aims to ensure the Victorian public sector acts as a role model for gender equality and ensure that state departments and public sector entities plan, promote, and set targets for reporting on gender equality.

It also seeks to enshrine a Ministerial Council on Women's Equality in legislation. Eight stakeholder forums have been held across the state from 27 August to 19 September. Local councils, health and community sectors and TAFEs are encouraged to attend one of the remaining three forums. For further information, please contact DHHS via email.
Local Government News
The City of Melbourne recently delivered a pilot project to examine age appropriate ways of promoting respect and equity among pre-schoolers at a council run children's centre. The Building Respect and Equity among Young Children: Pilot Project Report and Recommendations highlights the role for those providing services to children to make a long term commitment to preventing violence against women by challenging gender stereotypes and building children's social skills so they can enjoy safe and respectful relationships throughout life. You can access the report, the summary of the project literature review and two introductory fact sheets here. For further information, please contact Sophie on

In our last email update, we circulated an incorrect email contact at the City of Greater Geelong. They would like to talk to anyone who has setup a gender equity advocacy/working group. Information about how the group is supported within  the organisation would be appreciated. Please contact Marsha on 03 5272 5061 or
Sector News
The Victorian Government have announced a $425,000 grant to Our Watch to deliver their new media reporting program, which seeks to improve media reporting on family violence and violence against women as part of its work to change harmful and sexist attitudes. The Our Watch project will also create guidelines for reporting related to Aboriginal women, culturally diverse women, women with disabilities, older women and the LGBTI community. Read more here.

The Victorian Government has announced funding for the Grace Papers, an online support program that empowers expecting parents to make informed decisions about parental leave and the transition back to work, and will be implemented in the Victorian Public Sector. The Grace Papers' online program support parents-to-be and their mangers navigate pregnancy, parental leave, and return to work. 

VicHealth have released the results of research on the This Girl Can campaign, which has seen over 285,000 Victorian women getting active due to the campaign. For more information, click here.
The Australian Human Rights Commission have released a report, Everyone's Business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The 2018 Survey provides the entire community with a robust evidence base to help understand the dimensions of sexual harassment in Australia, especially in workplaces.

The Australian Institute of Criminology have released a new publication, Understanding Domestic Violence Incidents Using Crime Script Analysis, which uses crime script analysis to describe incidents of men's violence against women. The research provides insights into situational factors present when arguments escalate, and highlights the importance of third parties and the potential for bystander intervention.
Our Watch are running a consultation on a new resource for non-physical forms of violence on 11 October. They are seeking up to 15 PVAW practitioners to participate in the 2 hour session to engage with the new material and provide feedback as to its usefulness and effectiveness. For more information and to register, click here.
Events and Training
Save the Date!  Planning is underway for the 2018 Walk Against Family Violence, which will be held on Friday 23 November at Federation Square from 12:00 - 1:30PM. Attached are a sponsorship letter and a marquee EOI form, for those interested in sponsorship or setting up a marquee at Federation Square.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria are delivering a one-day training session on 13 September, Unpacking Resistance, for practitioners aimed to provide effective and evidence based tools and strategies to respond to resistance. For further information and to register, click here.

General Assembly are hosting a free event, Kickass Women: Slaying the Tech World, on September 18. Female leaders in the tech business will share their learnings, failings, and secrets of success. For further information and to register, click here.

La Trobe University are hosting a panel discussion, Embracing the F-Word: Has feminism had its day?, on 20 September. The panel will feature Professor Jenny Graves, Dr Beatrice Alba, Clare Bowditch and Bri Lee and will consider what needs to happen to affect real change and if feminism has lost its way, or evolved to reflect the changing times. For further information and to register for tickets, click here.

Join Our Watch for a Community Forum to discuss the recently released resource, Changing the Picture, to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children on 26 September. For further information and to register, click here.

WorkSafe Victoria is hosting an event for Melbourne Health and Safety Month on 31 October with a variety of sessions, including one on the impact of family violence in the workplace. For further information and to register, click here.

Women's Health Victoria is running a workshop, Gender Equity in Action, on 13 October. This activity based workshop is an introductory step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. It is designed for professionals working in a range of areas and who are interested in delivering gender equitable and gender sensitive programs and services. For additional information and to register, click here.   

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is delivering two events in October. Family violence in CALD communities: Culturally responsive Practice training for Family Violence Specialists is a full day interactive training session on 9 October aimed at family violence practitioners who are seeking to strengthen their practice in building and sustaining relationships with CALD clients. Register here.  Introduction to family violence training for ethno-specific organisations and services is an introductory training module suited to representatives and volunteers from ethno-specific organisations and associations on October 24. Register here.

Registrations are open for Walking the Talk on Inclusion and Gender Equality, an experiential workshop run from 7-8 November that will guide participants into a personal understanding of why valuing inclusion and diversity, especially gender equality and gender diversity is essential to work outcomes and to healthy workplaces. The training will be led by Walter Fordham, a master cultural diversity trainer from the United States. For further information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Applications are now open for The National Rural Women's Coalitions' Canberra Muster on 26-28 November. The Muster is a leadership development program specifically for rural, remote, and regional women aged between 25-40. Over a 3 day program of workshops participants will develop their leadership skills and confidence, enjoying guest speakers and a visit to the Australian Parliament. For further information and to apply, click here.

Early bird registration is now open for The Country Women Association of Victoria's 29th Triennial Conference on 4-10 April 2019. The conference theme is 90 Years of Achievements, Building 90 Years of Opportunities and will focus on a world without domestic violence - leading the way in prevention, the challenges and opportunities young people see that lie ahead - listen to what they are saying, and sustainable communities - eradicating preventable diseases like rabies. For further information and to register, click here.
The MAV is seeking to employ a passionate and capable Project Officer to support our work with the local government sector in preventing violence against women. This is a 12-month, four days per week position funded by the State Government through the Office for Women. This position will contribute to building local government capability and capacity in the prevention of violence against women and promotion of gender equality, including strengthening partnerships between councils, service systems and community organisations. Applications are due by Wednesday 26 September. For further information and to apply, click here.

Maribyrnong City Council are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and suitably qualified professional to join the Health and Wellbeing Development team as a Health and Planning Policy Officer. The role will provide advice, assistance and project management in the areas of social planning, evaluation, policy development and community consultation to enhance community wellbeing in Maribyrnong. Applications close 19 September. For further information and to apply, click here.
Women's Health in the North - August
Women's Health Goulburn North East - August
No to Violence - August Edition
Victorian Rural Women's Network shE-Update - September
National Rural Women's Coalition - September
Please contact us if you would like to showcase the work of your council, or if you have any other content you would like to share via this update.

Best wishes,
Kellie and Catherine 
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