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  • State-wide consultation undertaken during 2010 to provide information about women's concerns and needs as part of the broader community consultations conducted for the Update of South Australia's Strategic Plan. The information heard during the consultation sessions also helped focus the PCW work plan 2011-2013.
  • Helping to establish the Premier's Women's Directory (PWD) - an online directory of women with skills, qualifications and expertise, suitable for appointment to boards and committees. The PWD was established to assist in establishing the gender balance on boards and committees in South Australia. Continually expanded and improved, the Directory is managed by the Office for Women.
  • Commissioning significant research into Gender Disaggregated Data (2004) and the Impact on Women of the Casualisation of the Workforce (2005).
  • Lobbying for reform in equal opportunity legislation (passed in Parliament July 2009).
  • Commissioning research on women's participation in paid employment and working conditions in South Australia, Working Women in South Australia: Progress, Prospects and Challenges (PDF 977.0 KB) (2009) by Prof Barbara Pocock. The Pocock Report highlighted some startling evidence of SA women's disadvantage in employment, eg if South Australia was to match the national average there would need to be an additional 12,000 women in the state labour market.
  • Arguing successfully for sex-disaggregated analysis of data central to monitoring progress against targets in South Australia's Strategic Plan (2007-2009 then 2010-11). This will help us assess how women are faring across most sectors.
  • Worked with women's advocates and the community in achieving a commitment by the SA Government to include in 2011 a new target for violence against women in the South Australian Strategic Plan.
  • Staging in 2011 a business lunch in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) on the opportunities for companies employing women at leadership levels, which targeted senior male executives in companies working in areas of non-traditional employment for women (350 business leaders attended and awareness was raised).
  • Developing and launching in 2011 Women in Corporate Leadership (WiCL), which was a database of research, media reports, toolkits and other resources for use by individuals and businesses working to improve the diversity in their leadership.
  • Publication in 2013, of Words into Action: A practical guide to achieve gender equity in your workplace and improve your company's performance.  A guide which sets out Five Key Principles (with supporting actions) for businesses to achieve equal representation of women in senior leadership roles in the workplace. The guide is aimed at boards and executive management who realise the need to address gender equity in their business and are seeking guidance on how to execute practical actions to achieve a more dynamic and progressive workplace.

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