Greg Johannes, Head of the State Service, today released a commitment which commits him and his fellow Heads of Departments to improve the gender diversity of Tasmanian State Service’s Senior Executive so that at least 40 per cent of Senior Executives are women by 2020.
This is the first time that the State Service’s most senior leaders have signed such a commitment and joined together publicly to address this important issue and to work together towards an inclusive Tasmanian State Service where women and men are valued, respected, and treated equally and fairly.
The current statistics show that while over 70 per cent of the State Service workforce is women, only 35 per cent of the Senior Executives are women.
The State Service is built upon the principle of making employment decisions based on merit, but with more female employees than males overall, clearly on merit there should be more women in senior roles.
The key actions that will be undertaken across the State Service are:
- identifying the barriers to women working in senior levels in the Tasmanian State Service;
- training and other steps to help overcome unconscious bias; and
- support for flexible work arrangements.
These will be supported by each department undertaking additional initiatives addressing their specific occupational group barriers.
Greg Johannes said that “We need to identify and remove the actual and potential barriers, including the cultures and policies that are holding back gender equality in our workplace. Naming up and addressing issues like unconscious bias is critical to the diversity and success of our workforce, to making us a workplace of choice in the eyes of the community, and to leading by example on gender equality in Tasmania.”
The paper was released today at a gender equality forum attended by over 120 senior state servants. Key notes speakers at the forum were Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Troy Broderick, Head of Diveristy and Inclusion, Telstra, and Deborah May, Fellow of the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra and Principal of the May Group, Australia.
A copy of the gender diversity commitment is available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/ssmo/genderdiversity.