Live Q&A Event: Creating Employment Equality Post Pandemic

Posted October 25, 2021

SGS Economics and Planning Gender Equality Event

  • Live Q&A event
  • Held on Wednesday 3 November
  • 12.30 - 1.15 pm

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and accelerated many gendered labour market and spatial inequalities, but from this crisis arises an opportunity to establish new systems and policy frameworks that advance employment equality for women throughout Australia’s cities and regions.

SGS and LGiU Australia held an event on Wednesday 3 November to discuss practical steps that can be taken to create employment equality in Australia.


Rae Cooper is an Australian professor, researcher and women's employment specialist. She is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School and Director of the newly formed Gender Equality in Working Life Research Initiative at the University of Sydney. Rae has published over 70 chapters and articles on work, regulation and women’s careers. In 2022 she will be Australian Research Council Future Fellow working on a project called’ Smashing Glass Walls: Building Gender Equality and Career Sustainability in male-dominated sectors’. She is currently working on a range of other projects addressing respect at work, the future of work, a gender equitable recovery from COVID-19 and young women and men’s attitudes toward work. Rae is President Elect of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), the international scholarly association for researchers of the world of work and industrial relations. She is known for her engagement with industry, unions and government in her work. In 2019 Rae was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her ‘contributions to higher education and to workplace policy and practice’.

Rae will discuss how the gender pay gap has winded during the pandemic and provide insights on solutions to reduce the gap through increasing employment opportunities, mitigating labour market segregation and improving infrastructure.

Elizabeth Carroll is the Community Safety Planner at City of Whittlesea where she has worked for 10 years. Her main areas of work are preventing violence against women and family violence and community safety strategic planning and policy development. For the past three years Liz has been driving the Gender Equity in Employment Project which researched local trends and issues for women seeking local employment revealing a jobs/skills mismatch – a pattern replicated across growth areas. Elizabeth will discuss the gender equality act from a local government planning perspective with practical examples that Whittlesea Council has implemented and how they have translated to community development.

Alison Holloway is the Chief Executive Officer of SGS Economics and Planning. She is passionate about how places provide opportunities for people to participate in community life and live their best. Alison will provide insights on spatial inequality specifically for those considered essential workers throughout the pandemic as well as discussing practical steps for planning more equitable cities and regions as Australia comes out of lockdown.

SGS Economics and Planning Pannelists

This event was held by SGS Economics and Planning and LGiU Australia.

LGiU Australia is a local government think tank committed to an innovative and sustainable local government sector. As a member-led organisation, our purpose is to share ideas and best practice, encourage innovation and collaboration, and develop research that drives the sector forward. LGiU Australia is a partnership between SGS Economics and Planning and not-for-profit think tank LGiU.


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