Coalition for Gender Equity

What is the Coalition?

The Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity was established in 2018 and is a diverse collective of organisations and groups in the public, private and community sector, dedicated to advancing gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. Coalition members collectively employ over 8,500 staff in Greater Bendigo and have direct and regular contact with the community through the delivery of programs, services and facilities.

The Coalition’s vision is to see:

‘A community where all people are respected, safe to participate in all aspects of community life and have equitable access to the resources they need to succeed in achieving their aspirations, whilst living in a community that is free from violence against women.’

What does the Coalition do?

The Coalition has developed a Gender Equity Strategy to guide their collective efforts in advancing gender equity in Greater Bendigo over the next five years. The strategy targets structural, relational and attitudinal change in its objectives and focuses on six settings in which to enact social change; workplaces, education, community, health, sport and recreation and emergency management. The Coalition will form an action group per setting and work alongside community members to drive social change in these settings.

Who is in the Coalition?

The Coalition has a broad and extensive reach with 42 member organisations and groups (as at September 2022) in the public, private and community sector, employing over 8,500 staff in Greater Bendigo.

These member organisations and groups are: (listed A-Z)

AFL Central Victoria

AFS & Associates

Agnico Eagle Australia, Fosterville Mine

Annie North Women’s Refuge


Belgravia Leisure

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Bendigo Community Health Service

Bendigo Health

Bendigo Interfaith Council

Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership

Bendigo Kangan Institute

CatholicCare Sandhurst

Centre against Sexual Assault Central Victoria

Centre for Non-Violence

City of Greater Bendigo

Coliban Water

Country Fire Authority

Department of Education and Training, Victoria

Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, Victoria

Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Goldfields Library Corporation

Greater Bendigo against Family Violence Committee

Haven Home Safe

Heathcote Health

La Trobe University, Bendigo

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Murray Primary Health Network (PHN)

North Central Catchment Management Authority

Parks Victoria


Sport and Recreation Victoria

Sports Focus

Trans Gender Diverse (TGV) Bendigo and Beyond

Victoria Police, Bendigo

Victoria State Emergency Services (SES), Bendigo

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee

Women CAN Australia


Your Women's Shed 

Zonta Bendigo

Who can join the Coalition?

The Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that its membership is inclusive and representative of the diverse community in Greater Bendigo.

The settings identified within the Gender Equity Strategy are reflective of the settings member organisations and groups have ready access to and influence in. The Coalition is keen to increase its representation in settings not yet identified in the strategy and invites expressions of interest from any organisations or groups who would like to join the Coalition.

Complete an Expression of Interest form to join the Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity.

Where can I find out more?

Coalition Leadership Statement

Coalition Gender Equity Strategy

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