The Andrews Labor government is setting up an independent inquiry into economic fairness for Victorian women to tackle long-standing systemic inequalities and find solutions to issues such as wage inequality and barriers on the workplace to women’s success.
The survey will examine the extent, nature and depth of workplace and economic inequalities for women in Victoria, and ways to address them.
It will also examine ways to cope with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on women.
Women continue to be at the heart of Victoria’s economic recovery, as the Labor government provides targeted support that will make a real difference – ensuring fairness in the workplace and breaking down barriers to pay equity.
The survey will be led by businesswoman and community leader Ms. Carol Schwartz AO, who will be joined by Ms. Liberty Sanger and Mr. James Fazzino on the panel. Panel members were chosen for their relevant skills and experience in gender equity, law and economics.
The Panel will submit its final report to the Treasurer and the Minister for Women in January 2022 with the conclusions and recommendations to be taken into account for the Victorian Budget 2022/23.
Investigation follows government decision Victorian Budget 2021/22 announces the creation of a gender-responsive budgeting unit within the Ministry of Treasury and Finance to ensure that results for women are measured as part of future budget decision-making processes.
The budget also announced measures to remove barriers to women’s participation in the labor market, with universal support for kindergartens aged three and four and out of school hours, as well as support jobs mainly occupied by women, including teachers, workers in the creative sector and health workers. .
As stated by Treasurer Tim Pallas
“We cannot have a strong economy without fully supporting women in the workforce, this is vital for our recovery and continued economic growth.”
“We know that the pandemic has exacerbated some of the inequity issues already faced by women and this investigation will identify ways in which we can make a real and meaningful difference. “
As stated by Women’s Minister Gabrielle Williams
“Women have enormous contributions to make to our economy – this survey will identify practical steps to eliminate the systemic inequality that has denied women equal opportunities for too long.”
“As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make permanent changes to the way we live, care and work – to rebuild a fairer, stronger and more equal economy,” for everyone. “