While International Women's Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate women and their contribution to the world, at the Department of Planning and Environment we recognise this every day, all year round.
Last year the Department introduced its Women’s Plan 2016-2019 in response to the Premier's target of women comprising 50 per cent of senior leadership roles in the NSW public sector by 2025.
We recognise and value the capability, skills, knowledge and experience women bring to the workforce culture and this plan has clear priorities that drive gender equality.
As at February 2016, there were 748 people working at the Department, of which 403 were women. This represents more than half of our workforce.
The areas included in this capture of female roles are the Department of Planning and Environment, Office of Strategic Lands, Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, Hunter Development Corporation, Office of Local Government and Lord Howe Island Board.
The breakdown in terms of leadership is impressive. Five positions are Secretary and Deputy Secretaries (60 per cent); 17 Executive Directors (29 per cent); 58 Directors and Managers (46 per cent) and the remaining staff of 668 positions (48 per cent).
While we are on track to meet the Premier’s Priorities for women in leadership positions, there is always more work to be done to ensure our talent pool is equitable and gender diversity is business as usual.
Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting a series of morning teas. We encourage you and your colleagues to do the same.
If you are interested in hearing from the Women’s Network from the Department (pictured above), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 1300 305 695.
The Department encourages like-minded individuals committed to diversity and inclusion to take a look at the careers section on our website for relevant opportunities.
Happy International Women's Day to all.