AILA releases gender equity action plan

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has released a report which outlines how it will respond to gender inequities in the profession. The Gender Equity: Next Steps report responds to an earlier study released by AILA in December 2018 that identified both encouraging and worrying trends in terms of womens’ participation in landscape architecture.

The 2018 study revealed that the number of women working in the landscape architecture profession has increased over the twenty-first century, with high numbers of women moving into part-time work as they age. Among the report’s more disturbing findings was an overall gender pay gap for full-time workers in landscape architecture of 10%, with a significant pay gap documented between men and women at senior levels of the profession.

The Gender Equity: Next Steps report includes an action plan formed by AILA’s Gender Equity Working Group structured around a series of recommendations that the organisation is aiming to implement over the next three years. The recommendations include developing material to support landscape architects working part time, and the practices that employ them; researching the pay gap for part-time workers, provide resources to help practices better manage workflow and hours worked; ensuring employers and employees understand their obligations and rights in terms of working hours, overtime and payment for additional work; investigating establishing a mentoring program for women; and developing a gender equity policy.

“The actions focus on the key themes of part-time work, tackling long hours culture, small business owners, career progression, addressing the pay gap, connecting women and governance,” said AILA CEO Tim Arnold.

“A coordinated and combined effort is the only way that the Landscape Architecture profession will become truly equitable. This report is the beginning of that process.”

To read the full Gender Equity: Next Steps report, go here.

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