About the Australian Gender Equality Council
Responding to the unacceptably slow pace of change towards gender equality in Australia, leading organizations, which represent over 500,000 women in the workplace, have come together to form the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), a national not-for-profit charitable organisation.
AGEC’s vision is simple – to achieve gender equality in Australia. Through high profile national awareness campaigns, advocacy and research, it aims to drive a cultural shift in Australia so that women and men have the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of the community. We believe that gender equality will be achieved when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued, respected and are manifest in Australian society.
AGEC’s founding members collectively represent over 500,000 women and girls.
AGEC’s objectives are:
- To act as an authoritative and independent voice for gender equality in Australia
- To advocate for and raise awareness of gender equality in Australia
- To develop research driven policy in the area of gender equality in Australia
- To raise awareness of the impact upon gender equality of policy and legislation.
AGEC Membership is open to any national member based not-for-profit organisation, which is –
- Representative of women or girls which, in the opinion of the board, has demonstrated a commitment to gender equality in paid and unpaid work; or
- In the opinion of the board, has demonstrated a commitment to gender equality in paid and unpaid work and is supportive of the objects of the company.
AGEC funding relies solely on its subscribers, donors and member organisations. AGEC is not government funded. AGEC is a charity regulated by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and is staffed entirely by volunteers.