Category Archives: Local Government

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

November 2016

Victorian State Government

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change outlines the Victorian State Government’s plan to implement all 227 recommendations of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. This 10 Year Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission and details the outcomes of the Government’s family violence reforms and the initial targets by which the plan’s progress will be measured.



Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

December 2016

Victorian State Government

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy sets out to redress gender inequality, sexism and violence against women through a number of reforms and initiatives, including:

  • Enacting a Gender Equality Act to embed strong governance structures and to promote and improve gender equality across government
  • Creating  new agency dedicated to preventing family violence before it occur
  • Reviewing laws against sexist advertising and gender-based hate speech
  • Gender audits across government and the public sector to create inclusive and flexible workplaces, equal pay, leadership development and mentoring and recruitment and promotion
  • Establishing a Prevention Agency with dedicated funding to strengthen the prevention of family violence, including funding, coordinating and supporting local organisations working in the field of prevention to change community attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence
  • Scholarships to encourage young and emerging women leaders Gender equality programs in grassroots sporting clubs.
  • Hosting the first all women trade delegation in China Promoting women’s cultural activities and participation via the arts and media
  • Establishing two expert committees, a Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality and an Equal Workplaces Advisory Committee (EWAC) to provide expert advice to government in the ongoing commitment to achieve gender equality
  • Establishing a memorial for victims and a family violence index to highlight the horrifying and irreversible price many women have paid due to family violence

There are six key settings for early action in the implementation of the strategy that include; education and training; work and economic security; health, safety and wellbeing; leadership and representation; sport and recreation; and media, arts and culture.





Everyone Wins ToolKit

Everyone Wins is a toolkit develop by VicHeatlh that provides practical tools and resources to help Victorian community sports clubs become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone in their community.

The toolkit specifically aims to help clubs increase the involvement of women and girls, Aboriginal people and people from culturally diverse communities. The tools, actions and resources provided in this toolkit help clubs build on their existing strengths.

The Action Guide includes hyperlinks to the specific tools. The Action Guide can be found at:

For further information about Everyone Wins, please contact

Academic and International Research on Gender and Sport


Right to Play (2008). Chapter 4: Sport and Gender Empowering women and girls, in Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments, this report was developed by Right to Play in its capacity as the Secretariate of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group


Promoting physical activity in women: evaluation of a 2-year community-based intervention in Sydney, Australia

Li Ming Wen, Margaret Thomas, Helen Jones, Neil Orr, Renee Moreton, Lesley King, Penny Hawe, Jeni Bindon, Jenni Humphries, Karin Schicht, Shauna Corne, and Adrian Bauman. Promoting physical activity in women: evaluation of a 2-year community-based intervention in Sydney, Australia Health Promot. Int. (2002) 17 (2): 127-137 doi:10.1093/heapro/17.2.127


Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity?

Craike, Melinda, Symons, C. and Zimmermann, J. 2009, Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach, Annals of leisure research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 148-172.


Participation in Sport and Recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women – A report prepared for the Australian Government Office for Women Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Natasha Cortis, Pooja Sawrikar and Kristy Muir, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women, Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales May 2007


Barriers to Exercise in Younger and Older Non-Exercising Adult Women: A Cross Sectional Study in London, United Kingdom – A survey of 100 women, measuring perceived barriers to exercise using an ‘Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale (EBBS)’

Walid El Ansari and Geoff Lovell,  Barriers to Exercise in Younger and Older Non-Exercising Adult Women: A Cross Sectional Study in London, United Kingdom, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1443-1455; doi:10.3390/ijerph6041443


Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study

Azar et al. Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010, 7: 3

The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice

Ann Travers, Simon Fraser University, published by Studies in Social Justice, 2008, 2: 1


Articles requiring purchase or access through a library system:

Perceived benefits from participation in sports: a gender study
Bonnie Kelinske, Brad W. Mayer, Kuo‐Lane Chen, (2001) “Perceived benefits from participation in sports: a gender study”, Women in Management Review, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.75 – 84

Social Inclusion and Sport: Culturally Diverse Women’s Perspectives

Gender and Sport in Local Government

Local governments play a key role in closing the gender gap and promoting gender equity in community sports and recreation activities.

Here are a few resources developed by local governments in Victoria and from the State level across Australia.

 A Gender Lens for Leisure, developed by Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council, Yarra Ranges Council, 2014

Moreland Active Women and Girls Volume 4: Strategy (2009-2013), Moreland City Council, 2009

Fact sheet #7 Sport and Recreation, from Municipal Association of Victoria’s Ten ways local government can advance gender equity, July 2012

Start Playing Stay Playing– A summary of the evidence and communities of interest insights into women’s and girl’s participation in sport and active recreation, State of Queensland, 2013

The Women and Girls Sport and Recreation Principles and Checklist –Developed in response to Start Playing Stay Playing report recommendations, State of Queensland, 2013

Women and Physical ActivityGender impact assessment, Women’s Health Victoria, 2010

Introducing Our Watch

Our Watch was established by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in 2013 for the purpose of driving nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.

Our Watch recently released its five-year strategic plan, which outlines steps to be taken to see more people across Australia community rejecting violence against women and their children, and taking positive action to stop this violence before it happens. They have also released a statement of priorities for 2015.

Also available are a number of policy briefs. Our Watch commissioned these to inform their work. Each brief provides an overview of a key issue relevant to violence against women and their children, including the evidence. More briefs on pertinent issues will be released over time.

Our Watch Policy Brief 1 – Key terms, definitions and statistics

Our Watch Policy Brief 2 – An emerging theory of change

Our Watch Policy Brief 3 – International Evidence Base

Our Watch Policy Brief 4 – Prevention in other policy areas

Domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia: an overview of the issues

Janet Phillips and Penny Vandenbroek, Parliamentary Library Research Paper Series, 2014

This research paper updates several previous Parliamentary Library publications on the levels of violence experienced by women in Australia. The paper includes an overview of research on the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence, at risk groups and the costs of violence against women to communities and to the economy. Limited comparisons of the levels of violence experienced by men and women are included where relevant. The paper also includes an overview of policy approaches designed to prevent violence against women.


Women in Melbourne’s West: Sex disaggregated data and gender analysis for service and program planning

Women in Melbourne’s West: Sex disaggregated data and gender analysis for service and program planning provides a regional social profile of the health and wellbeing issues for women in the western region.

It includes sex-disaggregated data from a variety of sources (including the recent 2011 ABS Census data), and gender analysis, to support a gender-sensitive and gender equity approach to regional health and wellbeing planning.

– Women’s Health West

Twenty things that men can do to challenge sexism and men’s violence against women

  1. Read women’s writing and feminist theory.
  2. Become more aware of your male privilege and how it is manifested.
  3. Become more aware of other sources of privilege, if you are white, heterosexual and professional.
  4. Think about how your own attitudes and use of language might contribute to the problem of men’s abuse of women.
  5. Reflect on and challenge any abusive and controlling behaviours you have.
  6. Talk with women about their lives and ask them about the things that men can do to challenge violence.
  7. Listen to women when they talk about their experience.
  8. Don’t interrupt women when they are speaking.
  9. Acknowledge and apologise when you realize that you are being sexist or controlling.
  10. Do your fair share of child care and housework.
  11. Don’t use pornography.
  12. Boycott corporations that use sexist advertising.
  13. Learn how to be more loving and nurturing in your sexuality.
  14. Talk to boys and young men about the importance of respecting girls and women.
  15. Challenge other men when they make sexist comments and engage in controlling behaviour.
  16. Don’t remain silent if you discover that a male friend is abusing a woman.
  17. Express your support for gender equality and walk the walk.
  18. Write letters to the editor and opinion articles for local newspapers to express an alternative male point of view on sexism.
  19. Join or start a group of men who are challenging sexism.
  20. Become a resource person who can speak out on men’s responsibility for challenging sexism and violence.

– Compiled by Prof Bob Pease 2013, from various websites