Women in Transport program

The Women in Transport program, the first of its kind in Australia, is a package of 15 initiatives to encourage more women to enter and stay in the transport sector.

Investment in the program, which supports the Victorian Government's gender equality strategy, has grown from an initial $1.2 million to more than $2 million in March 2019.

It aims to increase the number of women working in transport from 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020 and senior role representation to 50 per cent by 2020.

Since its launch in March 2017, the program has achieved:

  • An eight per cent increase in the appointment of women to senior management roles in public transport operator workforces (15 to 23 per cent) and a 2 per cent public sector increase (33 to 35 per cent)
  • A three per cent rise of women in public transport operator workforce (16 to 19 per cent)
  • Two per cent increase in women in the public sector workforce (40 to 42 per cent).

Other initiative progress includes: 

  • The rail and infrastructure industry’s Training for the Future program has set a 50 per cent quota for all starters, from apprentices to graduates, and achieved 43 per cent female participation in 2018/19. 
  • Six postgraduate scholarships awarded in transport-related fields to a value of $240,000
  • Eleven undergraduate scholarships awarded to young, disadvantaged women to study in a transport-related field to a value of $330,000
  • Fourteen of the 18 scholars studying for PhDs in transport-related fields as part of a joint program run by the Department and Monash University are women
  • Mentoring program for women engineers involved 116 participants - the program was extended in 2019 to include 257 participants across all disciplines
  • Developing a transport diversity and inclusion strategy.

Boards that have already met or exceeded the 50 per cent target for senior female leadership include:

  • Commercial Passenger Vehicle Commission (100 per cent)
  • Port of Hastings (67 per cent)
  • Public Transport Access Committee (64 per cent)
  • Gippsland Ports (60 per cent)
  • Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne), V/Line and Victorian Rail Track (all 50 per cent).

Women comprise 51 per cent of the staff at the Department of Transport.

Visit the Women Victoria website for more Victorian Government gender equality information.

For more information, contact the WiT program manager.

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