Workplace data shows strong gender equity numbers in Shire workforce

Published on Monday, 8 August 2022 at 7:45:27 AM

A recent Human Resources report compiled by the Shire of Carnarvon shows the Shire’s gender diversity numbers to be well above the national average with 50% of leadership roles currently occupied by women.

Half of the organisation’s leadership roles, which include the Chief Executive Officer position and managerial and coordinator roles, are filled by women. The national average for women in leadership positions in organisations is 34.5% according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. This places the Shire well above the national average with 50% of women serving as leaders.

Additionally, the current gender profile for employees at the Shire is 50% female and 50% men evenly as of May. This is an increase from the 2020 data which had 48.9% female employees and 51.1% male employees.

In addition to strong gender equity numbers in the workplace, the report has identified areas of opportunity for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disabilities. The report recognised that the Shire has had an employee with a disability in 2021 and 2022, and the Shire’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan outlines actions we will take to ensure further diversification and the structural building works to make facilities and ablutions fully accessible.

Recruitment will commence for two Environmental Ranger 50D positions, for which Aboriginality is a genuine qualification under 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, which is expected to help increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the Shire workforce.

“As a female CEO, I am attuned to the strengths that diversity in employee representation brings to a workplace,” says Andrea Selvey, CEO. “This has been a key focus area in building our workforce at the Shire. It is heartening to see the data from the report supporting our efforts in bringing the gap between male and female employee representation,”

“We are working towards further diversifying our team, including a renewed focus on increasing Aboriginal representation,” she added.

The Shire of Carnarvon employs 66 full-time employees, 9 part-time employees, 19 casual employees, and 1 direct contractor. Of the 94 employees, 40% of them have remained with the Shire for 5 years or longer, showing significant retention. Since 2021, the Shire has added 6 trainees, 2 school-based trainees and 2 work experience placement trainees to its workforce to support the upskilling and mentorship of the local workforce.

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