Martin Parkinson and Minister Cash attend IPAA International Women's Day breakfast

Martin Parkinson and Minister Cash attend IPAA International Women's Day breakfast

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Monday, 07 March 2016

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

On Wednesday, 2 March, Martin Parkinson introduced Minister Cash at the inaugural IPAA International Women’s Day breakfast, a sold out event attended by four out of the five female APS Secretaries and other high-profile attendees from across the public and private sectors.

Martin spoke about how the Australian Public Service can do more to improve gender equality in the workforce, Martin spoke about how the Australian Public Service must lead the way in improving gender equality in the workforce, highlighting that that he has recommitted the Department to the Male Champions of Change programme.

Minister Cash gave a dynamic speech about women’s workforce participation, noting “We’re moving in the right direction but there’s more we can do.” She highlighted the achievements of organisations, including Aurizon, Telstra and ANZ, who are leading the push to create more flexible work environments to improve gender equality in their workforces and congratulated the Treasury, DFAT and Defence on their work to increase women in leadership.

Both speakers issued a challenge to attendees to commit to improving gender equality in their own ‘spheres of influence’ and to ask themselves ‘what can I do to boost diversity and promote gender equality?’

International Women’s Day is just around the corner (8 March) so look out for a number of other great events happening over the week to celebrate women, their achievements and promote gender equality.