Women in Transport
A great workforce reflects the people it serves. Women make up almost half of the staff at the Department of Transport and Planning, and we're starting to see this representation increase across the transport portfolio as a whole.
We want to encourage more women to join and stay in transport through initiatives like the Women in Transport program, which offers everything from undergraduate scholarships, to mentoring, a Male Allies program and targets for gender diversity.
There's never been a better time to be a woman in transport.
On this page:
- Women in Transport program
- Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24
- Women in Transport Steering Committee
- Careers in transport
Women in Transport program
The Women in Transport program, the first of its kind in Australia, was initiated in 2017 by the then Minister for Public Transport, Hon. Jacinta Allan MP to address the gender imbalance in the public transport sector.
Investment in the program, which supports the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Act 2020, has since grown from an initial $1.2 million to more than $6 million in 2021, with more members of the transport industry signing up to participate in the program.
In the Victorian Budget 2019/20, $2.404m was allocated to the Women in Transport Program, to increase women’s participation in the transport sector.
The program is underpinned by the Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24, which aims to increase the number of women working in the transport portfolio to 30 per cent by the end of 2024 and senior role representation in public sector agencies to 50 per cent by the end of 2024 and in the private sector, to 30 per cent by end 2024.
Since its launch in March 2017, the program achieved a five per cent increase in the appointment of women to senior management roles in public transport operator workforces (16 to 21 per cent) and a six per cent increase of senior women in the public sector (33 to 39 per cent).
There is still much work to do, which is why the new strategy has more ambitious targets and a more robust accountability framework.
In 2020, the Women in Transport Network was established to bring together anyone in the transport industry who is interested in gender equality and diversity. The Network is managed by a Committee of Management, currently chaired by Peta Olive, and includes office holders from across the industry. Network membership is open to people of all genders who are interested in gender diversity in the transport industry.
Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24
The Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24 aims to remove the barriers that have limited diverse gender representation in the sector to improve outcomes such as participation and earnings for women, as well as our own business performance.
- Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24 [PDF 1570KB]
The strategic objectives of the strategy are:
- Dismantle the structural barriers
- Change the culture
- Improve access to employment and career opportunities for women in the transport sector
- Social and economic development
- Leadership and accountability
- Setting industry standards
- Changing the culture
- Community campaigning
Targets under the strategy are:
- Aggregated sector target: 30% women across the sector by end 2024
- 50% women in senior roles in the public sector agencies by end 2024
- 30% women in senior roles in operators by end 2024
- Maintain 50% women on advisory boards in all public sector entities
- Private sector entity boards to work towards gender balance
- Aggregated sector target: 10% per year increase in women and people of diverse gender identities by end 2024 for areas heavily dominated by men as follows:
- project management,
- asset management,
- driving, yard work and cleaning,
- technical and trades,
- data analysis.
Major initiatives in the new strategy include:
- Establishment of the Women in Transport Steering Committee chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and attended by senior decision-makers and influencers from across the industry
- Postgraduate scholarships awarded in transport-related fields to a value of $10,000 each
- Undergraduate scholarships awarded to young, disadvantaged women to study in a transport-related field to a value of $30,000 each
- Mentoring program for women
- Engineering Pathways Program for refugees and women asylum seekers
- Funding for training and support and employment for women bus and truck drivers
- Scholarships for women heavy vehicle mechanics
- Vocational placements for postgraduate scholars in the transport sector
- Partnership with the AFLW on an employment program for women players
- Outreach program to secondary schools and universities about employment opportunities for women in transport.
The following event will be held this year:
- Women in Transport Strategy launch on 20 September 2021.
Visit the Women Victoria website for more Victorian Government gender equality information.
For more information, contact the WiT program manager.
Women in Transport Steering Committee
Deputy Chair: Melinda Collinson – Deputy Secretary, People and Business Services, Department of Transport and Planning
Established under the Women in Transport Strategy 2021-24, this committee is an advisory body responsible for recommending industry targets and benchmarks, monitoring progress and endorsing sector-wide campaigns.
Current committee members are listed below.
|Jacqueline Brotherton||Chair||Transport Women Australia|
|Alice McDonald||Acting Manager Economic Strategy and Industry, Office for Women||Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH)||alice[email protected]|
|Ellen Rule||Senior Policy Officer||Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH)|
|Kim Caldow||HR Manager||Ventura Bus Lines||[email protected]|
|Fiona Reed||Chair||Mary Jane Lewis Foundation||[email protected]|
|Kelly Maslin||Vice President and ED of Operations, People and Place||Jacobs Group||[email protected]|
|Elliott English||Change Manager, Gender Equality||V/Line||[email protected]|
|Hermione Parsons||Consultant / Board Director - Supply Chain & Logistics Expert||Supply Chain Laboratory|
|Melissa Hogan||GM People and Culture (RTS)||Downer Group|
|Debbie Shagam||General Manager, Talent and Development||Metro Trains Melbourne|
|Josef Brennan||Acting Chief Operating Officer||Yarra Trams||[email protected]|
|Duncan Elliott||Chief Executive Officer||North East Link Project||[email protected]|
|Kieran McIvor||Director Business Strategy||North East Link Project||[email protected]|
|Antoinette Battista||Executive Director, People & Culture||Department of Transport and Planning|
|Brad Giddins||Director, Inclusion & Diversity||Department of Transport and Planning|
|Matthew Gault||A/Chief Executive Officer||Level Crossing Removal Project||[email protected]|
|Lisa Ryan||Director Planning and Property||West Gate Tunnel Project||[email protected]|
|Donna Jones||Consultant – transport expert||Asheville Consulting Group|
|Olivia Jones||Group Manager, Legal||VicTrack||[email protected]|
|Bruce Moore||Executive General Manager, Telecommunications Group||VicTrack||[email protected]|
|Jeff Wilson||Chief Executive Officer||CDC Victoria|
|Paul Giusti||Group Manager Service Delivery||Dyson Group||[email protected]|
|Peta Olive||Chair WiT Network||Department of Transport an Planning|
|Lissa van Camp||Director Land Planning & Environment||Suburban Rail Loop Authority||[email protected]|
|Lisa Maksimovic||Director Corporate Affairs||Suburban Rail Loop Authority||Lisa A Maksimovic (SRLA)|
|Amanda Threlfall||Assistant Secretary||Victorian Trades Hall Council||[email protected]|
|Praveen Reddy||Executive Director||Freight Victoria|
|Adam Begg||Chief Executive Officer||Kinetic Group Services|
|Oscar Goodwin||Manager of Industry Development||BusVic|
|Catherine O’Mahony||Manager, People Strategic Projects||Office of Director General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority||catherine.x.o'[email protected]|
|Joe Monforte||Executive Director||Policy and Reform, Department of Transport and Planning|
|Ben Phyland||Head, Rolling Stock Development||Department of Transport and Planning||[email protected]|
|Django Love||Manager, Women in Transport and Gender Equality||Department of Transport and Planning|
A/Director, Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Manager, Innovation & Job Creation – Workforce Development & Demand
Chief Operating Officer, Strategy and Performance
Careers in transport
Public sector agencies:
- Department of Transport and Planning
- Commercial Passenger Vehicle Authority
- Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
- Major Roads Transport
- Level Crossing Removal Project
- North East Link Project
- Major Rail Projects
- West Gate Tunnel Authority
- Suburban Rail Loop
Transport construction partners: