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New study on advancing gender equality in Australian wine

A new study aims to review current efforts, understand the state of gender equality, and identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for progress in the grape and wine sector.

This collaborative effort with Australian Grape and Wine’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Wine (DEIW) Committee and funded by Wine Australia will be undertaken by Charles Sturt University and the University of New South Wales.

The research team will engage wine and grape sector stakeholders to identify recommendations and develop a practical toolkit for all businesses and sector organisations.

This is ultimately in hopes of translating best practices and innovative ideas for gender equality, into actionable steps.

Wine Australia CEO Dr Martin Cole said the study will help the sector tap the depth of diversity, across the breadth of the sector’s value chain.

“Achieving long-term sector profitability, resilience and sustainability means we must have the best people at the table. A vibrant future demands we look to broaden the expertise, experience and perspectives of those at decision-making tables across the value chain,” said Cole.

Gender equality and diversity were identified by the sector as a priority through recent consultation for the One Grape & Wine Sector Plan.

“This research project will build on efforts made by the sector in recent years, recognising the need to progress these, providing evidence-based support for ongoing improvement,” said Cole.

“Our goal is to equip the sector with practical resources to be more inclusive, fostering equality and diversity to strengthen business and sector performance.”

Charles Sturt University Associate Professor Larissa Bamberry said the research team had experience exploring gender equity in the military, public sector and male-dominated trades, delivering high-impact reports and strategic solutions for gender equity.

“Our experience working with women in non-traditional roles across various industries informs our effective solutions for gender equity within the wine sector,” said Bamberry.

The project team will work with an experienced sector-led advisory group throughout the study.

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