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QLD Government partners to increase women in public sector roles


UNIQ You is thrilled to announce the Queensland Government as its newest partner in working towards significantly increasing the representation of women in industries where they are most under-represented. 

The 2022 Queensland public sector gender pay equity dashboard recently revealed a significant variation in the gender profiles of different government agencies (78.53 per cent compared to 19.89 per cent) and that women are 20 per cent less likely to apply for roles in some agencies that might be perceived as having traditionally male occupations.  

The Queensland Government is working with UNIQ You to tackle this trend by connecting year nine to 12 high school girls during their critical career decision making years with inspiring women working in unique and non-traditional careers. 

The partnership sees four Queensland government agencies join the UNIQ You service; Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. 

Transport and Main Roads Director-General Neil Scales said the 12-month partnership with UNIQ You demonstrated the Queensland Government’s commitment to building a diverse workforce that represents the community it serves. 

“The Queensland Government is continuously looking for ways to ensure women’s participation and inclusion is built into our core functions and culture,” Mr Scales said. 

“By working with UNIQ You, we can directly engage with the future generation of women and show them the career pathways available within government. 

“It’s important this information is available to all Queenslanders, including reaching our regional and remote students through UNIQ You’s online platform.

“Through this initiative, we also get to recognise and highlight some of the incredible women we have working in roles and sectors with low female representation. 

“We look forward to using the insights from this partnership to inform strategies that tackle the barriers and pain points that may be stopping women from joining our workforce too.” 

UNIQ You CEO Tanya Meessmann said the Queensland Government’s partnership is significant recognition of the service’s impact and contribution towards gender equity and inclusion in the workforce.

“We are thrilled to have the government’s support as we enter our second year of service. It confirms the importance and impact of career advisory conversations informed by real-world experiences to increase the representation of women,” Tanya said. 

The four Queensland Government departments will join UNIQ You’s 18 other industry partners (including the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy who is already a sponsor) from across 10 industries dedicated to significantly increasing the pipeline of female talent into spaces at the forefront of progress. 

Queensland public sector Gender pay equity dashboard 2022