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 2022-23 Victorian Budget.

How to participate

Representative bodies and organisations were invited to send submissions to by Sunday 8 August 2021 that responded to any of the Inquiry Terms of Reference. The period for submissions has now closed.

Next steps

The Inquiry Panel are reviewing all submissions received to the Inquiry and pulling out key themes to inform their recommendations to the Victorian Government later this year. The Panel will be conducting consultations with key stakeholders to inform these recommendations.

A draft report will be delivered to the Treasurer and Minister for Women in November 2021, with a final report delivered to government in January 2022. It is intended that the findings and recommendations of this Inquiry will feed into the 2022-23 Victorian Budget.

Enquiries can be directed to

Reviewed 18/08/2021
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