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New program to improve gender balance in water corporations

By Rodney Woods

The Victorian Government is helping to deliver a gender balance in leadership and senior executive positions across water organisations through a new executive leadership program.

Water Minister Lisa Neville said the new Insight: Executive Leadership for Women in Water program would help elevate women into executive leadership roles in the state's water organisations.

“Improving the gender diversity of our water sector is a key action in water for Victoria and has clear benefits in making our water corporations and catchment management authorities better organisations that fully reflect the communities they serve,” she said.

“The Victorian Government has been working hard since 2016 to create long-term change in the representation of women in leadership roles in the state’s water corporations and catchment management authorities.

“Since then the number of women on water sector boards has increased to more than 50 per cent of all positions, including 18 out of 29 chair positions.

“It is now time to extend this into executive levels.”

Women currently represent only 20 per cent of managing director and chief executive officer positions in water corporations and catchment management authorities.

The 12-month program will support and guide women working in the water sector and related fields to develop their leadership skills to best position them for future executive roles.

Women in smaller regional and rural organisations are encouraged to consider the program as part of their long-term commitment to making a difference to their local communities.

Applications for the program are now open for water sector employees and will close on October 3.

For more information on the Insight: Executive Leadership for Women in Water program and for details on how to apply, visit: water.vic.gov.au/water-for-victoria/innovation/insight