Progress on advancing gender equality in fire and emergency services

27 April 2021

The Champions of Change Fire and Emergency Group together with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (External link) (AFAC) has released a progress report about the emergency management sector’s gender equality priorities, actions and outcomes.  

The Champions of Change Fire and Emergency Progress 2020 report (External link) provides an update on actions taken over the past 12 months to improve diversity and inclusion in the emergency management sector, as well as a detailed update on gender representation in the workforce. 

Highlights for 2019-2020 include: 

  • member organisations achieved gender balance or an increase in women’s representation across 66.4% of employment categories in 2020 
  • 24.9% women’s representation achieved overall across the group, compared to 22.0% in 2018 when the group released its first report 
  • 37.8% of overall hires across the group were women 
  • 84.6% of members now have mainstreamed flexible working strategies in place 
  • 92.3% of members have systems and structures in place to address bias and ensure equality in recruitment and promotion processes. 

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he was pleased to see progressive work underway across various organisations in the emergency services sector.  

“At Emergency Management Victoria, we continue to achieve a gender balance in leadership positions and have increased overall women’s representation in operational service delivery roles.” 

“We have also implemented flexible roles within the State Control Centre, such as shift lengths and the ability to work remotely, allowing our staff with caring responsibilities to contribute to the workplace,” said Commissioner Crisp. 

“We continue to be committed to working with everyone across the sector to champion inclusion, gender equality and diversity,” added Commissioner Crisp. 

For more information visit the Champions of Change Coalition website (External link) or read the full report (External link)