Australia Post Gender Action Plan (21.10.2015)

Written on the 22 October 2015

21 October 2015


COUNCIL 

Members statements  GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

Last week I was particularly pleased to be able to represent the federal Minister for Women, Senator Cash, at the launch of the Australia Post Closing the Gender Gap action plan. I would like to acknowledge the leadership of the managing director and group CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, who is not only talking about addressing the gender gap but is demonstrating that a major organisation such as Australia Post is actually delivering on closing the gender gap by increasing representation of women across all areas of leadership within Australia Post.

Mr Fahour spoke of his first day as managing director, and I note that an article in the Herald Sun on Saturday made the very same point that he made last week at the launch, which was that on his first day in the role he was quite literally stunned by the fact that, when addressing the most senior leaders of the organisation, the room of 250 was overwhelmingly made up of men. It was then that he made the commitment to promote more women into leadership roles, and that is exactly what he has done.

Australia Post has identified three main areas to target in closing the gender gap: opportunities, accountability and awareness.

I am particularly interested in its analysis of female retention at Australia Post. It has also set up initiatives to sponsor female sport, partnered with Netball Australia through the One Netball program and sponsored the women's Stawell Gift to ensure that prize money is equal to that for the men's race. These two areas are particularly notable, and Australia Post should be congratulated on initiating them. Again I acknowledge the work of Australia Post for taking such decisive action and encourage other organisations to consider what has been achieved by this organisation.


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