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The VLGA with the support of the Victorian Government, local governments and community organisations will work to build the numbers and diversity of women candidates in the 2020 local government elections.

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The VLGA actively works to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and councillors. It all began in 1999, when the VLGA joined the Women’s Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC) and took on the Secretariat role for the Coalition in 2000. The VLGA is guided by the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and its three principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship.

You can click on each project below to learn more about how we're working to increase the representation of women in local government.

50/50 by 2025 – more women in local government

In the lead up to the 2020 Victorian council elections, the VLGA is working with all its partners to increase the diversity of candidates standing for council.  One focus is on getting more women elected to Council. Great progress has been made so far – see the stories on this page. 

The VLGA encourages councils to activate their Local Government Women’s Charter.  This project is currently funded under the State Government’s Community Primary Prevention Partnerships program.  Gender equity in political decision-making is recognized as a key element in the prevention of violence against women.

We are looking for Charter Champions in each Council and news about progress being made to ensure that local democratic decision-making activities are accessible to women and women are participating more fully.

 If you are interested in joining this campaign, call (03) 9349 7999 or email

Check out this video too!

GoWomenLG 2016

A project to build the number of women candidates at the 2016 local government elections.

Your Community, Country and Council –Aboriginal women standing for council

Featuring former Senator and athlete Nova Peris OAM, this video includes shared stories and advice from women of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about the why, how and when of standing as a local government candidate.

Victorian Local Government Women's Charter

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To date, 72 of Victoria’s 79 local governments have endorsed the Charter, with many creating action plans to ensure councils walk the talk of the three principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship.

Think Women for Local Government 2012

This previous partnership project funded by the Victorian Government, Think women for local government 2012, achieved increases in the number of both women candidates and elected women. Average numbers of women councillors increased from below 30 per cent to 34 per cent. This is the first time that every Victorian is represented by a local government with at least one woman councillor.

The Women's Participation in Local Government (WPILG) Coalition: 1996-2013

The WPILG Coalition was a non-party political partnership of local government peak, community and philanthropic organisations, women councillors and individual women, formed in 1996.

Eliminating Violence against Women - 16 days of action

November 25 marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and December 10 is International Human Rights Day.  The VLGA aims to run 16 days of action for this each year. Keep an eye on our website for more information.

Women in local government: data and resources

Useful resources to help you learn more about women in local government

Women in local government fact sheet

  1. Women in local government fact sheet  - December 2018 update
  2. A Gender Agenda – kit for women candidates
  3. Now You’re a Councillor – a website for, and about, women councillors
  4. Doing politics differently, doing it better – an article on changing the culture of local politics
  5. Emily’s List – a website supporting women in power and politics
  6. Good Governance Guide– an online resource helping local governments to govern better


The VLGA is committed to connecting communities and strengthening democracy

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