Help shape the future of gender equality in the workplace

The Victorian Chamber is delighted to extend an invitation to our members and clients to participate in a design workshop to help identify innovative and practical education approaches to improve equality in the workplace.

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The Chamber is working with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to develop practical resources to help support small and medium businesses (SMEs) to become leaders in gender equality in the workplace. Business experience, ideas and input are invaluable to shaping this pay equality initiative.   

 As we emerge from lockdown, a prominent issue being faced by business is skills shortages, with many seeking to improve their practices on how to attract new and diverse talent. However, for SMEs in particular, knowing where to start or how to improve their workplace practices when it comes to gender equality can be overwhelming. 

Your participation in these workshops will help inform the development of important resources to help make workplaces more attractive to a diverse range of applicants. 

About the workshops  

The workshops will be hosted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and involve a wide range of SMEs from different sectors across the state. A total of six workshops will be held over the next few months. Please select a date and time that is suitable for you. There will be a $50 stipend available for each participant.   

Workshop  

Date  

Time  

Workshop 1 

Tuesday 30 November 2021 

1:00pm – 4:00pm  

Workshop 2 

Thursday 2 December 2021 

10:00am – 1:00pm 

Workshop 3 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 

1:00pm – 4:00pm   

Workshop 4 

Tuesday 8 February 2022 

1:00pm – 4:00pm  

Workshop 5 

Thursday 10 February 2022 

10:00am – 1:00pm   

Workshop 6 

Tuesday 15 February 2022 

1:00pm – 4:00pm  

Please register for one of the sessions here

There is no need to prepare for the workshop. 

Workshop outcomes 

As a result of the workshops, it is anticipated that a range of inclusive, empathetic and tailored education products for SMEs will be developed and tested by the Commission. You will be invited to participate in user testing if interested. 

Background 

In 2020, Industrial Relations Victoria requested the Commission conduct research into equal pay within small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs). A link to the report can be found here.   

With funding from the Victorian Government, the Commission is now developing education resources to implement key recommendations of the report. This includes, supporting SMEs to build their understanding of equality at work and the economic and workplace diversity benefits to embedding equal pay. 

If you would like to discuss your participation, we encourage you to reach out to Laura Smith, the project lead at the Commission at laura.smith@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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