The Women’s Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC)
The WPILGC was formed in 1997 to work towards the equal participation of women and men in Victorian local government through the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter. By 2013, as the work for gender equity in local government became stronger, the Coalition dissolved itself and handed responsibility for this work to the statewide organisations, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Victorian Local Governance Association.
The Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter promotes the principles of:
- gender equity
- encouraging diversity in representation and participation; and
- women’s active citizenship.
In 2018, the Charter celebrated its 21st year. 73 of Victoria’s 79 councils have become signatories to the Charter, affirming their commitment to improving the representation of women as elected representatives in Victorian councils.
How to become a Charter signatory
To become a Charter signatory, your Council must pass a motion at a Council meeting. You should then nominate a Charter Champion who will drive momentum on gender equality within your council.
This checklist has some great suggestions for actions that can be taken to support the work of the charter.
If you would like more information on becoming a Charter signatory, please contact the VLGA.
Maintaining the momentum
The VLGA recently held a 'Leading the Agenda' working lunch on maintaining the momentum for the three principles of the Victorian Local Government Women's Charter. For the wrap up, including suggested actions click here.
Template motion - for affirming/reaffirming the Charter in your council
Charter signatory certificate - please email email@example.com to obtain a copy of your council's certificate.
Charter signatories - 73 of 79 Victorian councils are signatories to the Charter
|Ararat Rural City Council||Ballarat City Council||Banyule City Council|
|Bass Coast Shire Council||Baw Baw Shire Council||Bayside City Council||Benalla Rural City Council|
|Boroondara City Council||Brimbank City Council||Buloke Shire Council||Campaspe Shire Council|
|Cardinia Shire Council||Casey City Council||Central Goldfields Shire Council||Colac Otway Shire Council|
|Corangamite Shire Council||Darebin City Council||East Gippsland Shire Council||Frankston City Council|
|Gannawarra City Council||Glen Eira City Council||Glenelg Shire Council||Golden Plains Shire Council|
|Greater Bendigo City Council||Greater Dandenong City Council||Greater Geelong City Council||Greater Shepparton City Council|
|Hepburn Shire Council||Hindmarsh Shire Council||Hobsons Bay City Council||Horsham Rural City Council|
|Hume City Council||Kingston City Council||Knox City Council|
|Latrobe City Council||Loddon Shire Council||Macedon Ranges Shire Council||Manningham City Council|
|Mansfield Shire Council||Maribyrnong City Council||Maroondah City Council||Melbourne City Council|
|Melton Shire Council||Mildura Rural City Council||Mitchell Shire Council||Moira Shire Council|
|Monash City Council||Moonee Valley City Council||Moorabool Shire Council||Moreland City Council|
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council||Mount Alexander Shire Council||Moyne Shire Council||Murrindindi Shire Council|
|Nillumbik Shire Council||Port Phillip City Council|
|Borough of Queenscliffe||South Gippsland Shire Council||Southern Grampians Shire Council||Stonnington City Council|
|Strathbogie City Council||Surf Coast Shire Council||Swan Hill Rural City Council||Towong Shire Council|
|Wangaratta Rural City Council||Warrnambool City Council||Wellington Shire Council|
|Whitehorse City Council||Whittlesea City Council||Wyndham City Council|
|Yarra City Council||Yarra Ranges Shire Council||Yarriambiack Shire Council|
Deborah Wu - Inclusion & Diversity Lead
firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9349 7999.