COVID-19 update on service delivery

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be working closely with our project partners and stakeholders whilst implementing the advice from our health authorities to adjust and change our ways of working in order to continue to deliver the Gender Equity Training Project.

We are currently in the final evaluation phase of the project and will continue to conduct our meetings with project stakeholders via online platforms to support social distancing and working from home practices.

If you have any questions about the Gender Equity Training Project progress during these changing times please contact Debra Parker, WHV Project Lead direct via email

Accredited Gender Equality Training Project

The Victorian Government has funded Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) and a consortium of organisations including RMIT, Monash University, Knox City Council, Women with Disabilities Victoria, ACEVic and two adult community learning centres Coonara Community House and Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House to develop and pilot a Course in Gender Equity.

This funding has come about through the identified Industry Planning needs to skill the emerging gender equity and prevention of violence against women practitioners that work across a range of industries and sectors, which was a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.


About the project

The Gender Equity Project commenced in July 2018 and was launched by the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP in November 2018. Since the launch the project has delivered twelve major achievements which are outlined in the illistration and list below:


  1. The course concept was approved by the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority in February 2019
  2. The eight units of competency which form the Course in Gender Equity 22521VIC were developed developed in accordance with the AQTF Users' Guide to the Standards for Accredited Courses and submitted for accreditation in June 2019 following comprehensive industry consultation.
  3. The Course in Gender Equity 22521VIC was registered on the Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) register of accredited courses, accredited for the period of 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2024. View here.
  4. The research report supporting the development and delivery of the gender equity units of competency was published in September 2019. View here.
  5. Two Pathway Courses were developed in conjunction with ACEVic and two Learn Local providers in accordance with the Pre-accredited Quality Framework August - November 2019.
  6. The six Microcredentials were developed in consultation with subject matter experts, July - December 2019.
  7. The Virtual Workplace was developed in consultation with subject matter experts, July - December 2019.
  8. The Teaching Toolkit supporting the pedagogical practices required to deliver the gender equity units was finalised in December 2019.
  9. Teacher training was conducted in December 2019.
  10. The teaching and learning resources were developed in consultation with subject matter experts, July 2019 - May 2020.
  11. Pilot delivery of the accredited course and the Microcredentials was conducted, January - June 2020 at three pilot sites. RMIT, Coonara Community House and Yarrawonga Education and Training, all three sites successfully migrated to virtual classroom delivery in March 2020 in response to the impact of COVID-19.
  12. Review of the teaching and learning resources and the Teaching Toolkit based on feedback from pilot delivery commenced June 2020 and is due to be completed by the end of August 2020.

Still to be completed is the final project report and evaluation of the findings, due for completion by October 2020.

Find out more about the project deliverables.

The course

The 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity includes eight units of competency:

1.    VU22770    Develop a gender lens to support gender equity work 
2.    VU22771    Apply a gender lens to own work role    
3.    VU22772    Communicate effectively with gender equity stakeholders    
4.    VU22773    Establish support for gender equity work    
5.    VU22774    Explore gender equity policy and practice in the workplace    
6.    VU22775    Undertake a gender assessment
7.    VU22776    Develop gender equity strategies    
8.    VU22777    Implement and monitor gender equity strategies

Read more about the units of competancy.

View the course brochure.

About the Microcredentials

Microcredentials are certification-style learning programs that individuals choose to study to improve a skill found in a particular industry area. They are short, online courses that provide learners with a digital certification or a 'digital badge' when complete.

The Gender Equity Microcredentials can be delivered as parallel learning, supporting the development of workplace skills in gender equity for students completing a formal qualification in any study area. They can also be delivered as professional development for any workforce providing flexible online learning to build gender equity capability.

There are six Gender Equity Microcredentials available:


View more information about each of the Gender Equity Microcredentials in the brochure.

To find out how you can access these online courses contact us

About the Pathway Courses

Workplaces are changing, employees need to understand the important role of gender equality in the workplace.

According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, workplace gender equality is achieved when people can access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender. The pathways courses will provide jobseekers or career changes with an understanding of what the gender equity workplace expectations are in any workplace and where gender equity work occurs in our community for those seeking employment in this field.

View the Pathway Courses brochure to find out more about the two courses available.

To find out more about the Learn Local providers delivering the pathway courses contact us.

About the consultation process

The gender equity training programs have been developed following consultation that considered:

An Advisory Committee was formed to support the design and development of the units of competence. View a list of the Advisory Committee Members.

Three Industry Forums were run to inform the development of the units of competency and training apprach, and ensure: 

View a list of the organisations and individual consultants who contributed to the forum consultations.

To view mapping of the consultation process used to develop the skills and knowledge within the units of competency click here.

Four sub-committees were also formed to support resource design and development, with expertise in the areas of gender practice, education process and pedagogy, digital learning and adult learning sought from project partners and stakeholders.

Read our research findings

As a partner in the project Monash University was responsible for researching the pedagogical approaches required to deliver a course in Gender Equity. This research has informed the development of the units of competency and will inform the development of the teaching and learning resources over the coming months.

Read a summary of how the research has informed design.

View the research report: Supporting gender equity education – a research project to inform gender equity units of competency.

Read our submission to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review

The Gender Equity Accredited Training Project (WHV) in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria (GENVic) and Women in Adult & Vocational Education (WAVE) has made a submission to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Review (the Review).  The Review advocates for a vocational education and training system that is for every Victorian, that is trusted and that delivers prosperity for all Victorians. The submission, drawing on a wealth of evidence, identifies that this is not possible until inequity in our society and economy is addressed – specifically gender equity.

The submission argues that Victoria’s VET sector is well placed to address this inequity and to support the transformational change required to achieve gender equality while working as part of a broader Victorian Government economic and social change agenda, seeking to enact social and economic reform.

View the submission: Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy – Victoria’s skills system creating prosperity for all through gender equality

Read our submission to Productivity Commission Interim Report on the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD)

The Gender Equity Accredited Training Project (WHV) in conjunction with Gender Equity Victoria (GENVic) and Women in Adult & Vocational Education (WAVE) has made a submission in response to matters raised in the Productivity Commission Interim Report.

The submission specifically talks to issues in relation to Item 5 in the scope of work which asks the Commission to consider ‘options to ensure government investment in VET encourages increased participation in training by all Australians and is commensurate with the outcomes and benefits derived by individuals, business, industry, the local and national economy and society more generally’ highlighting that VET will only deliver increased participation, prosperity and productivity for all  if it is equitable.

The joint submission provides evidence to support that in order for the next NASWD to deliver the intended outcomes for all Australians, gender equality needs to be a long term national target and measures of progress to this target need to be defined and tracked in the COAG performance dashboard.

View the submission: Submission to Productivity Commission Interim Report on the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD)

Read an article about the need for gender equity in teaching practice

The need for gender equity in teaching practice has been highlighted by WHV Workforce Development Manager Debra Parker (FAITD) and WHV Workforce Development Officer Ellie Swindon in an article they co-authored on gender equity and teaching practice. The article appeared in Training & Development magazine, September 2020 Vol. 47 No. 3, published by the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), it looks at the impact of gender equity as it relates to education and how teachers can become agents for change through their practice.

Read the full article: The need for gender equity in teaching practice




To get involved and find out more about the project or for enquiries about how your training organisation or workplace can engage with accredited gender equity training

contact the Project Lead