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5050 Vision - Councils for Gender Equity Program

Women in Australia are under-represented in local government at senior levels.  The current situation in Australia is that around one quarter of Councillors, one fifth of Mayors, one tenth of senior managers and one twelfth of CEOs in local government are women.  (Women in Local Government Strategy 2009-2012).

The 5050Vision – Councils for Gender Equity Program is designed specifically to assist councils to identify and address gender equity issues both within their organisations and among their elected representatives and is designed to be accessed by all councils, regardless of their size, location and progress on gender equity.

Its primary goal is to increase participation of women in local government at both senior management and elected representative levels.

Councils can apply for accreditation at three levels - starting with Bronze, then Silver and working up to the prestigious, peer reviewed Gold Award.

The entire program is strongly based on the concepts of resource sharing and networking, and there are many resources and tools available to councils who wish to improve their performance in this area on this website.

Award application processing and annual renewal costs apply, for further information please refer to Application Costs Table.

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