Gender Equality, Equity and Inclusion in Murrindindi Shire

Murrindindi Shire Council aims to support a community where everyone can thrive. We recognise that different people face barriers to participation and wellbeing. We want to raise awareness about this and help to address the barriers. 

We can all agree that violence against women is a serious and distressing issue in our community. Research tells us that gender inequality is a key driver of this violence; communities that are more unequal see higher levels of violence. So any efforts we make to create a more gender equal community, also help to reduce violence. 

Victoria’s first Gender Equality Act came into play on 31 March 2021. This legislation introduces new obligations for us to promote inclusion for people of all genders and identities in our community. 

We will undertake an audit of our organisation and develop an action plan in response. That action plan will be available for viewing here when it is endorsed. As required by the Gender Equality Act 2020, many of the actions will be focused on strengthening our internal culture and processes, but we will also be required to review programs and services to help ensure they are as inclusive as possible. 

You can visit this page at any time to find out about current and past projects aligned with this work. 

We will also share resources to help businesses, clubs, and community groups in our Shire to also strengthen their inclusion so that all people in our community have the same opportunity to contribute to their communities and to feel like they belong.