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Caring and workplace gender equality in the Public Sector in Victoria: Final Project Report

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Caregiving has a significant impact on workplace inequality. With over 63% of primary carers in Victoria participating in the workforce, and as the largest employer in the state, the Victorian Public Sector (VPS) has a responsibility to adequately account for these inequities in their organisational policies. 


Drawing on a quantitative survey (n=349) and qualitative interviews (n=74), this report explores the experiences of public sector workers in relation to work and care responsibilities. It identifies barriers and gaps in flexible working arrangements and experiences of taking leave, and makes evidence-based recommendations to advance gender equality for caregivers in the VPS. This report also highlights how caregiving impacts the career progression of women caregivers in particular, as informed and influenced by workplace cultures that perpetuate negative attitudes towards care.  

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Victorian Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector Grants Round 2022

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