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2018 Council Elections update no: 1 - Women in Government and under-represented groups project - Circular 36.1

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Corporate Services Staff
Elected Members
Governance Officers
Marketing and Public Relations Staff
Returning Officer
Date 31 August 2017
Contact Sama Reid
Email: sama.reid@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required No
Summary Women in Local Government and under-represented groups project At the 2016 LGASA Annual General Meeting, a resolution was passed for the LGA to undertake a project to increase representation of women on councils, with the 2018 elections providing the next significant opportunity for change.

Women in Local Government and under-represented groups project

At the 2016 LGASA Annual General Meeting, a resolution was passed for the LGA to undertake a project to increase representation of women on councils, with the 2018 elections providing the next significant opportunity for change. 

The other under-represented in local government are:

  • Aboriginal people
  • People from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse backgrounds - CALD groups
  • People with disabilities; and
  • Youth

and women make up 50 percent of these groups as well.

The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of what is required to effectively promote inclusive representation in LG elections.   

As part of this project we are asking councils to share with us any measures they currently take, or plan to take in the lead up to the 2018 council elections, to ensure inclusive representation. 

Within the next week or so you will be:

  • asked to complete a short survey to help us gather information to understand inclusive representation from your councils perspective; and
  • advised of opportunities to provide further input to this project

In the meantime, please contact the project consultant to share any information, ideas or insights you have to contribute to this project. 

Consultant: Barbara Chappell, Project Consultant on 0429 155 743 or email chappell@aapt.net.au

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