Screen Australia's Gender Matters
Gender Matters is a suite of initiatives that addresses the identified gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The key performance indicator is that by the end of 2018-19, half of the projects that receive Screen Australia production funding will have women occupying at least 50 per cent of key creative roles (reported as a three-year average across 2016-17 – 2018-19).
Announced 7 December 2015, Gender Matters is a five point, A$5 million dollar plan over three years with a suite of initiatives to address the gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The five points include: Brilliant Stories, Brilliant Careers, Better Deals (distribution), Attachments for Women, and assessment criteria changes.
This measure, specific to the screen industry, reflects the aim of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 5.c – adopting sound policies for the empowerment of women and girls.
Screen Australia wants to create sustainable and self-generating careers that will be used to support women to build a range and breadth of skills in this industry for the long term.
A$5 million over three years from 2015-16
While not yet at the end of the key performance indicator reporting period of 2018-19, Screen Australia announced on 6 August 2017 that 47 per cent of successful production funding applications had female-led creative teams across a two-year average (2015-16 to 2016-17 inclusive).