The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is taking a leadership role to ensure the landscape architecture profession is as inclusive, diverse, and equitable as it can possibly be.


The Census Report 2001-2016 – Women in Landscape Architecture (Dr. Gill Matthewson, Monash XYX Lab and Parlour with AILA 2018) offers extensive evidence that there is:

  • a stark distribution by gender for part-time workers skewed towards women
  • an overall gender pay gap for full-time workers of 10% and up to 29% in some age groups
  • a strong skew to men working long hours (more than 48 hours per week)
  • a significant pay gap between men and women at senior levels
  • a very high number of women working as owners of unincorporated business.

About the Gender Equity Working Group

The Gender Equity Working Group provides advice and support to the AILA Board in response to this report, setting and implementing activity that supports gender equity for the profession. The Working Group:

  • Advocates for gender equity within AILA
  • Provides feedback and advice to the Board on the gender equity implications of its policies, plans and services
  • Considers funding and other opportunities as they may arise
  • Provides advice on gender equity issues
  • Identifies areas of potential research
  • Contributes to the promotion of AILA activities that support and promote gender equity

Working Group Members

Janis Fischer (Chair)
Alia Khan
Andrea Siedl
Bronwen Hamilton
Chris Tidswell (AILA Director)
Gabriella Dias
Jasmine Ong (AILA Director)
Julie Lee
Lara Westcott
Ben Stockwin (AILA CEO)

Census Report 2001-2016 – Women in Landscape Architecture

AILA launched a Gender Equity Project to investigate the participation of women in landscape architecture and develop strategies to address gender inequity in the profession.

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Resources

The Census Report 2001-2016 – Women in Landscape Architecture

AILA launched a Gender Equity Project to investigate the participation of women

in landscape architecture and develop strategies to address gender inequity in the profession.

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Gender Equity Policy

AILA’s Draft Gender Equity Policy was developed by the Gender Equity Working Group in 2019, released to members for comment in early 2020 and finalised and endorsed by the National Board in September 2020. The Policy establishes AILA’s position and provides a formal framework for all interactions with the Institute and its members in relation to gender equity.

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AILA Gender Equity: Next Steps report

The AILA Gender Equity: Next Steps report prepared by Justine Clark, Parlour with Monash University XYX Lab provides an agenda for AILA and the Gender Equity Working Group to support women in the profession and promote equity and institutional change. The Gender Equity Working Group is currently working through several high priority initiatives including establishing a mentoring program, developing a Practice Note for Equitable Practice and providing advice to the CPD Committee to ensure its program is relevant and accessible.

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Terms of Reference

The purpose of these Terms of Reference is to provide advice and support to the AILA Board in setting and implementing activity that supports Gender Equity for the profession.

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