03 September 2017

Women in Local Government and under-represented groups project

 Here someting for me to get involved in! Unley Councillors recently agreed to participate in whatever this working party came up with and do nothing in particular that shows Unley initiate. I think this is because Unley is well represented by women and other under-repreesented groups! Clearly their mathematics is poorly as 1:12  is not 50%!!!

At the 2016 LGASA Annual General Meeting, a resolution was passed for the LGA to undertake a project to increase representation of women on councils, with the 2018 elections providing the next significant opportunity for change.
The other under-represented in local government are:
  • Aboriginal people
  • People from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse backgrounds - CALD groups
  • People with disabilities; and
  • Youth
and women make up 50 percent of these groups as well.
The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of what is required to effectively promote inclusive representation in LG elections. 
As part of this project we are asking councils to share with us any measures they currently take, or plan to take in the lead up to the 2018 council elections, to ensure inclusive representation.
Within the next week or so you will be:
  • asked to complete a short survey to help us gather information to understand inclusive representation from your councils perspective; and
  • advised of opportunities to provide further input to this project

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