Advice for Victorian Public Service agencies

Targeted advice to support public service agencies to comply with the Gender Equality Act.

The Victorian Public Service (VPS), including large departments as well as smaller agencies, must play a leadership role in progressing gender equality. As the people responsible for advising the government of the day and implementing government policy, Victorian public servants of all genders need to be safe, respected and have equal opportunity to progress their careers.

We recognise that VPS agencies cover a broad range of policy and program areas, frequently set policy and strategic directions, and may be larger organisations with high numbers of employees.

Here are some key things for VPS agencies to consider.

  • We are working closely with the Victorian Public Sector Commission to try to eliminate reporting duplication. This includes considering ways to align data collection through the annual People Matters Survey on relevant areas such as flexible work and sexual harassment.

    Read more about undertaking a workplace gender audit and the workplace gender equality indicators under the Gender Equality Act.

  • From 31 March 2021, the Gender Equality Act requires a gender impact assessment to be conducted of policies, programs and services that are new or up for review and have a direct and significant impact on the public.

    For VPS agencies, the nature and focus of these policies, programs and services may vary widely.

    Examples of policies, programs and services that a gender impact assessment could be conducted for include:

    • development of significant legislation, government strategies, and other policy guidelines and frameworks
    • budget bids
    • programs such as grants and awards programs
    • media campaigns
    • infrastructure planning and development

    Read more about gender impact assessments.

Reviewed 14 December 2020

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