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Women@Work Conference 2018 – helping Victorian Businesses improve workplace equality

Engaging Women is thrilled to be participating in the landmark Women@Work conference.


Because it’s shaping as one of the pivotal events for our gender in Victoria’s recent history.

And will surely help move the dial towards a more equal state for us all; in turn creating a more equitable world for our girls.

The difference between this conference and others?

They are giving us the tools to make change.


Women@Work Conference 2018 helping Victorian Businesses improve workplace equality

WHERE: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Fed Square.

WHEN: Wednesday 21st March, 2018.

REGISTRATION: 12.30pm – 6.30pm 

A super fun networking event will be held until 7:30 pm in The Lightwell at Federation Square.

To register your interest in attending, head here

A major initiative of Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Women, Prevention of Family Violence and Industrial Relations –  Industrial Relations Victoria, the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council and the Office for Prevention and Women’s Equality, the conference will engage businesses, influencers and decision-makers to champion gender equity and equal pay in the workplace.

To be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square, the conference will provide practical tools for businesses and organisations to enable them to boost workplace equality.

The Victorian Government is sponsoring this conference as a free event as an opportunity for businesses and organisations to have the tools and information they need to take a leadership role in workplace equality.


  • Equal pay
  • flexible work. This includes training and information on how gender pay gaps develop, how to conduct a gender pay audit, how to implement flexible work arrangements and employer OHS obligations in relation to sexual harassment.

Further information about the Women@Work Conference, including speakers, will be available soon on

To register your interest in attending, please send your details to:

What to expect from Women@Work Conference 2018 helping Victorian Businesses improve workplace equality

Panel and Q&A session: The Gender Pay Gap and the Questions You Can’t Ask

Moderator: Liberty Sanger – Principal, Board Member and Practice Group Leader at Maurice Blackburn and Chair of the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council

Panellists: Julie Lander – CEO CareSuper

Pia Cerveri – Women’s and Equality Co-Lead Organiser, Victorian Trades Hall Council

Santilla Chingaipe – Journalist/Filmmaker

Ministerial Address: Equal Workplaces for Victorian Women

The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Women

Break-out sessions: Practical ‘How-To’s’ for Industry and Employers

  • How to undertake a gender/equal pay audit – Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • How to implement flexible work arrangements – Office of Prevention and Women’s Equality and Australian Industry Group
  • How to address gendered violence and OHS obligations – Victorian Trades Hall Council

Each break-out session will contribute some of the material for the ‘Gender Pay Equality Toolkits’

Panel and Q&A session: ‘Shifting the Dial’: The Business Case for Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Moderator: MC Martine Harte

Panellists: Fiona Vines – Global Head, Inclusion & Diversity BHP

Julie Toth – Chief Economist, Australian Industry Group

Professor Jeff Borland – Academic Economist, The University of Melbourne

Keynote speech: A ‘call to action’ on gender equality

Jackie Woods, Engagement Executive Manager, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council

The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council has been established to promote gender equality in Victorian workplaces.

The council will report to and advise the Minister of Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins about initiatives that will tackle the gap in women’s pay and workforce participation, including gendered occupational segregation.

The council is a key founding reform of the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy in recognition that private and public sector workplaces are key settings to drive women’s economic security and independence.

Council chair and members

The council is chaired by Liberty Sanger, a principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and one of Victoria’s most respected workplace lawyers.

In addition to the chair, the members of the council are:

  • Andrea Carson – Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • Sara Charlesworth – Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Barbara Cullen – Director, Small Business Victoria, DEDJTR
  • Catherine Dixon – Executive Director, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Emma King – Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Services
  • Kathryn McAnalley – Manager, Employment Policy, DEDJTR
  • Jane Mckay – Director Human Resources, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Michael Mead – Director, Workplace Relations, Australian Industry Group
  • Ingrid Stitt – Secretary, Australian Services Union
  • Wilhelmina Stracke – Industrial Campaigns Officer, Victorian Trades Hall Council,
  • Lissa Zass – Director, Industrial Relations Victoria, DEDJTR