Local Government Victoria has developed a Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program in consultation with members of the Ministerial Women’s Roundtable.

The Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program for Victorian councils is modelled on the successful Champions of Change program. It includes the themes of stepping up as leaders, creating accountability, disrupting the status quo, and dismantling barriers to greater gender equity.

The 13 week program supports councils in advancing gender equity and diversity in their organisation by facilitating rich discussions between Chief Executive Officers and council staff on the subject of gender equity. The aim of the program is to identify and implement strategies and actions to improve outcomes for women in leadership positions in council by: encouraging a deeper level of insight into the barriers to gender equality that need to be tackled within council organisations; informing the development or enhancement of council’s gender equity actions; and sharing insights and identifying opportunities for sector-wide action where combining efforts will lead to greater impact.

Who can apply?

Funding is available for Victorian councils to undertake the Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program.

What type of activities might be funded?

Funding must be used to support a Council Officer to undertake the role of a ‘Listen, Learn and Lead Program Coordinator’ in their municipality over the course of the 13 week Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program.

What are the funding details?

This is a competitive program. Grants of $5,000 are available.

Application process

Applications for the grants must be lodged online via the DELWP GEMS system by 11.59pm on Monday, 1 May 2017.

Applications will be evaluated against the assessment criteria.

Successful applications will be announced on Monday, 8 May 2017.

Councils are required to commence the program from 30 June 2017 for 13 weeks and submit the required documentation as noted in the guidelines by 30 November 2017.

You can register an application here

You can access a saved application (draft and submitted) here

What are the assessment criteria?

  1. The applicant is able to deliver the Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program by 30 November 2017.
  2. The applicant is able to submit the Summary Feedback template which provides an overview of key themes arising from the sessions with your staff and the program evaluation forms by 30 November 2017.
  3. The applicant demonstrates readiness to act on the gender equity actions that have been identified in the Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program.

Note: In assessing grant applications, Local Government Victoria will be seeking to ensure a representative spread of councils across the 5 comparative groupings (Metropolitan, Interface, Small Rural, Large Rural and Regional City).

Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX, 139.7 KB)

Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program Guidelines (DOCX, 1.1 MB)

Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Guide (PDF, 4.3 MB)

Contact information

Ms. Jenny-Maree Kardaras Policy Analyst,
Local Government Victoria
jenny-maree.kardaras@delwp.vic.gov.au

Ms. Eveline Kane Manager, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy,
Local Government Victoria
eveline.kane@delwp.vic.gov.au