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New funding round for Women in Energy and Manufacturing

A Victorian Government initiative to help more women enter and succeed in the energy and manufacturing sectors is now open.


A new round of the Women in Energy and Manufacturing funding program supports organisations to attract, recruit and retain women and remove barriers in these historically male-dominated workforces.

The $1.3 million is now available for organisations through activities that focus on:

  • clear and attractive career pathways
  • access to education and training
  • economic equity and leadership opportunities
  • accountability for workplace culture, diversity and wellbeing.

The initiative aims to not only help address gender imbalances but help address skill shortages in these industries.

Women account for just 32 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing sector, and 33 per cent of the electricity, gas, water and waste services industries. The figures are even lower for women working in trades.

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins said: “Attracting, recruiting, and retaining more women in Victoria’s energy and manufacturing industries will also help these sectors grow and thrive through a period of rapid transformation.”

“I encourage all organisations that want to help more women get the job they want in the these traditionally male-dominated industries to apply.”

Applications for this grant round close on 19 February. More information and registration is available via the Women in Energy and Manufacturing funding program.

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