Male Champions of Change
In 2010, a group of Australia’s most influential business and public sector leaders, with the guidance of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, came together to form the Male Champions of Change group, designed to develop and implement strategies to promote the representation of women in leadership positions. Dr Ian Watt, the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is a member of the Male Champions of Change group.
The Secretary’s role as a Male Champion of Change
With the support of senior leaders at PM&C the Secretary works to establish and review policies and programs to encourage those who aspire to leadership positions to achieve it, regardless of gender.
All staff are encouraged to provide ideas to the Secretary for his consideration and further discussion at the Male Champions of Change meetings.
Earlier in 2013, on International Women’s Day, the Secretary launched the PM&C Women’s Network. This group provides opportunities for staff to share experiences and examine issues facing women in PM&C. The Women’s Network continues to work closely with the Secretary in his role as Male Champion of Change.
The Secretary has personally committed to reviewing how PM&C supports employees returning from parental leave and exploring ways to ensure their career progression continues on their return. All staff are encouraged to provide ideas to the Secretary for his consideration and further discussion at the Male Champions of Change meetings.
On 10 July 2013 the Secretary hosted a Male Champions of Change Event at PM&C. Over 250 Senior Executive Service staff from across the APS attended and heard from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, and the four public sector Male Champions of Change:
- Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, Australian Public Service Commissioner
- Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, Secretary, Department of the Treasury
- Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief of Army
- Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The focus of the event was female representation in leadership roles in the public sector. The Secretary spoke about flexible working arrangements and challenged other agencies to consider how these can be accommodated within the public service without legislative amendment.
On 7 November the Male Champions of Change released their report for 2013, Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership: Listening, Learning, Leading
The following data illustrates how PM&C has performed in the representation of women in the department.
Figures 1 and 2 below include workforce data as at 30 June 2013. On 18 September 2013 PM&C assumed responsibility for Indigenous Affairs policy, programmes and service delivery, and the Office for Women and Deregulation functions. Approximately 1800 staff are expected to transfer to PM&C by December 2013. Workforce data, including the new responsibilities, is not yet available.
Figure 1 – Overall total1
- 62% female as at 30 June 2013
Figure 2 – Totals by classification level2
- APS 4 – 71% female
- APS 5 – 65% female
- APS 6 – 69% female
- EL1 – 57% female
- EL2 – 56% female
Figure 3 – SES totals by classification level3
- SES Band 1 – 47% female
- SES Band 2 – 58% female
- SES Band 3 – 75% female
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Male Champions of Change
- Chief Executive Women
- Equality means business – UN Women
- Data retrieved from Aurion, 2 July 2013 as at 30 June 2013. Return to footnote 1
- Data retrieved from Aurion, 2 July 2013 as at 30 June 2013.. Return to footnote 2
- Corporate structure, 21 November 2013. Return to footnote 3