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Inquiry into economic equity for Victorian women

The Inquiry into economic equity for Victorian women has been established to find solutions for problems such as unequal pay and workplace barriers to women‘s success.

The Inquiry will consider the extent, nature and magnitude of workplace and economic inequity for women in Victoria, and will make recommendations for suitable policy options for the Victorian Government to redress the systemic disadvantage for women highlighted by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on workplace and economic equity for women in Victoria.

Prominent business woman and community leader Ms Carol Schwartz AO will chair the Inquiry, and will be accompanied by Ms Liberty Sanger and Mr James Fazzino on the Panel. The Panel members were chosen for their relevant skills and experience in gender equity, law and economics.

The Panel will deliver their final report to the Treasurer and the Minister for Women in January 2022 with the findings and recommendations to be considered for the Victorian Budget 2022/23.

How to participate

The Inquiry is now open to submissions that respond to any of the Terms of Reference.

Representative bodies and organisations are invited to send submissions to by Sunday 8 August 2021.

Gender inequities are well known and researched. The Inquiry is looking for ideas to address these issues, therefore submissions should identify policy solutions and other practical suggestions for the Victorian Government to consider.

Next steps

The feedback will be collated for the Inquiry panel to inform recommendations to Government.

Enquiries can be directed to

Reviewed 13/07/2021
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