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Byron Shire Council – where the number of women are growing!

In celebrating International Women’s Day, did you know that 43 per cent of employees at Byron Shire Council are women?  And it’s growing; up from 39 per cent in 2014.

Thirty eight per cent of staff at manager level and above, are women.  Up from 19 per cent in 2014.

At the senior staff management level, two out of the five positions are led by women.

Byron Shire Council’s people and culture manager, Kylie Armstrong said the past three years has seen a strong move of younger women into the more male dominated roles of Council.

“This has been underpinned with a deliberative policy to establish a greater gender balance, recruit more women into senior positions and mentor young women within trainee positions to support their career development.

“And women at Council are remunerated at the same level as men.

“We now have women employed as roads engineers, waste officers, infrastructure project management, town planners, enforcement, biodiversity, sustainability and within IT,” she said.

While Byron Shire Council is committed to equal opportunity, Ms Armstrong said a key attraction was the flexible work choices that supported the juggle of work, family and study commitments.

“Council recognises that families are very important and this allows our staff to feel comfortable in attending school events or caring for elderly parents and family members.

“Plus, Council is very supportive of career development through further education which in turn brings positive outcomes back in to the workforce and community, and allows staff to progress through the organisation.

“Supporting work life balance and career development, leads to a healthier and productive workforce and we’re pleased to celebrate our growing female workforce,” she said.

L to R: Kylie Armstrong (People and Culture Manager) with Sophie Mulhall (Assistant Works Engineer)

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.