Women in Transport program

More than 200 senior representatives from across Victoria’s transport portfolio shared insights and celebrated the announcement of new initiatives in the Women in Transport program.

Presenting to a packed room, Head Transport for Victoria Gillian Miles joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan, DEDJTR Secretary Richard Bolt, PTV Chief Executive Jeroen Weimar and Coordinator General Major Transport Infrastructure Program Corey Hannett.

Event host Yarra Trams’ Emilie van de Graaff shared her experience as a woman in the transport sector at the 30 January event.

She encouraged all transport leaders to consider the role they could play in improving workplace diversity.

Dr Miles also described her own personal learnings on how to be a female leader in the transport industry, which has one of the lowest representations of women of any sector.

Minister Allan launched the WIT mentoring program, a pilot initiative for female engineers -encompassing 58 pairs of mentors and mentees - from more than 19 different transport organisations.

Minister Donnellan announced Esther Warren of LXRA, and MMRA’s Sally Law as recipients of the WIT leadership development scholarships.

The recipients will pursue higher education in the transport sector and further develop their leadership capabilities.

Supporting the Victorian Government's Gender Equality Strategy, the program aims to increase the number of women working in the sector from 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020.

The program includes:

  • scholarships for women to enter transport-related university degrees
  • focus on increasing the number of women graduates, apprentices, trainees and cadets across our transport infrastructure projects
  • targets set for percentage of women in senior roles and leadership development programs across the transport sector
  • gender ethical procurement policy for major transport contracts including organisations, suppliers and agencies.

Women in Transport complements other government initiatives including reserving no less than 50 per cent of all paid government boards and Victorian court appointments for women.

Visit the Women Victoria website for more government gender equality information

For more information about the program, email Antoinette Battista

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