Building a gender equal future
Every year, 8 March marks International Women’s Day. The UN Women Australia theme for 2023 is Cracking the code: Innovation for a gender-equal future. The International Women’s Day team also has a theme; encouraging individuals to Embrace Equity.
We discussed these themes with three women changing the game through their work at the Victorian Building Health Authority (VHBA) and broader Health Infrastructure Division, Department of Health.
'Equity requires flexibility'
Tina Skliros has been with the VHBA for eight years, having recently gained an Executive Director position.
She began her career as a practicing lawyer in the major projects/finance sector before moving into government where she has led large health infrastructure projects.
Her current role combines overseeing VHBA’s public private partnership (PPP) program with project initiation and a broader commercial support function.
What does equity mean to you?
‘Equity for me is about giving equal opportunities to people in the context of recognising their differences. One critical factor is flexibility in working styles – allowing people to have a more balanced life, depending on their individual circumstances.
'By giving people autonomy and flexibility, we are allowing people to be more output focused. You’ve got to create the environment and infrastructure around people to help them understand their deliverables and enable them to manage their own work.
'By providing this flexibility, you are allowing for a diverse workforce.’