More Women Needed In Local Government

Increasing the number of female councillors was integral to ensuring truly representative local councils, Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, said today.

Speaking at the Australian Local Government Women’s Association’s (ALGWA) annual conference, Ms Hutchins said all tiers of government needed to work together to encourage more women to stand for local council roles.

Currently, 35 per cent of councillor positions and 18 per cent of chief executive officer positions are held by women.

While Victoria was leading the rest of the nation in terms of the representation of females in local government, Ms Hutchins said more needed to be done.

Ms Hutchins also thanked ALGWA for championing women in local government and encouraging those interested to stand for local government roles, since their establishment in 1951.

To assist the ALGWA in its work, a $20,000 grant was announced to develop a Business Plan and advance mentoring and support from the organisation.

The funding reflects the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to a fair go for Victorian women, including ensuring women make up 50 per cent future board appointments.

Additionally, of the twelve members on Ms Hutchins Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel – which provides high-level advice on a range of legislative and policy matters – seven are women.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins

“ALGWA and its passionate members have done a fantastic job in providing support to female councillors across the state, and our $20,000 grant will help them continue this important work.”

“All levels of government need to work together to ensure women have an opportunity to represent their community.”

“I look forward to seeing the progression of women on Victorian Government appointed boards, and specifically Local Government Councillor, Mayoral and CEO appointments.”

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