Victoria’s emergency management sector has collaborated to launch the sector’s first Sponsorship of Diverse Talent Pilot Program.
The first of its kind in Australia, this sector program will pair women across the emergency management sector with senior leaders from different agencies in emergency management, to build on valuable and diverse talent to promote professional development for participants and increase their opportunities within the sector.
The launch event held earlier this week was the first official meeting between sponsors and participants, marking the start of their 12-month partnership.
The program is led by the Emergency Management Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Group, which consists of the senior leaders from Victoria’s emergency management sector. It will provide networking opportunities that cross agency lines, so that participants get the most out of their mentors within the sector.
Sponsors will support the long-term development of women in the emergency management sector and help participants identify their long-term professional development goals.
The Emergency Management Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Group works collectively across the sector to drive change for a more inclusive sector, which reflects the diversity of our community.
This sponsorship program is targeted at women and emerging women leaders, and owned by senior leaders, which is a necessary strategy to overcome biases and systemic barriers to women’s advancement.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said “As the first sector-wide emergency management sponsorship of a talent program in Australia, the program aims to share insights gained from the pilot with AFAC fire and emergency colleagues, as part of the Fire and Emergency Champions of Change Coalition Program.”