Moving towards gender equality

The Victorian Government is taking action towards gender equality, including through its infrastructure investment.

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan makes Victoria’s infrastructure more accessible and inclusive.

The safety of women and children is a priority. We are establishing 17 new family violence safety and support hubs across the state. These will provide a new way for women, children and young people experiencing family violence to access coordinated support from justice, health and social services. Five specialist Family Violence Courts and increased funding for legal assistance will help to enhance women’s access to justice.

Greater choice in housing type and location will provide women with greater access to jobs and vital services. The Victorian Infrastructure Plan, along with Homes for Victorians and Plan Melbourne, delivers a greater number and diversity of supported and social housing. This additional to the housing affordability and accessibility reforms for all Victorians.

More public transport options and 24-hour public transport on weekends gives more women a safe, reliable and affordable way to travel easily through metro, suburban and regional areas, and at the times that suit them.

The new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Melbourne’s west will provide high quality facilities and expand health services in areas of growing demand. More women will be able to get the care and treatment they need and deserve, closer to home.

A drive to make sport more inclusive is a focus of Victorian infrastructure investment. We are building new facilities and upgrading existing ones to deliver female-friendly amenities, increase women’s participation in sport and provide more opportunities for recreation.

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan’s focus on gender equality builds on Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy Safe and Strong, released in 2016. As part of Safe and Strong, we are exploring gender audits for major transport projects.

We are building new facilities and upgrading existing ones to deliver female-friendly amenities, increase women’s participation in sport and provide more opportunities for recreation.