Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce

In accordance with recommendation 2 of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (the Jenkins Report), a Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce has been established to oversee the implementation of the Report’s recommendations.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce is a cross‐party steering group to ensure coordinated and non‐partisan implementation of the Report’s recommendations, and embed institutional leadership.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce will review progress against the Jenkins Report recommended timeframes and drive priorities for implementation.

Consistent with recommendation 2 of the Jenkins Report, the Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce’s role will include:

  • developing and communicating an implementation plan with specific timeframes;
  • defining and communicating common values which can drive cultural change across parliamentary workplaces;
  • preparing an annual public report of progress made in the implementation of recommendations; and
  • tracking, on a quarterly basis, key measures of a safe and respectful work environment to monitor progress in implementation.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce will comprise three representatives from the Government, three from the Opposition, one from a minor party, one independent, and be led by an Independent Expert Chair. An observer for each representative may attend the meeting.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce will operate by consensus.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce will consult with Commissioner Jenkins and other relevant experts and individuals as required. These may include the Presiding Officers, Party Leaders, Heads of the Parliamentary Departments, parliamentary staff and other participants in Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces.

The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce will be supported by an Implementation Group.

The Independent Expert Chair and the Parliamentary Leadership taskforce are supported by a secretariat.

Membership of the Taskforce

  • Chair: Kerri Hartland, Independent Chair of the Leadership Taskforce 
  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance 
  • Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Shadow Special Minister of State, Shadow Minister for Sport, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition 
  • Senator Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Finance, Shadow Minister for the Public Service, Manager Opposition Business in the Senate 
  • The Hon Ben Morton MP, Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet 
  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women 
  • The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women 
  • Ms Zali Steggall OAM, MP, Member for Warringah 
  • Senator Larissa Waters, Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate

Updates

  • Taskforce Meeting: 24 March 2022
     Monday, 28 March 2022

    The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce overseeing the implementation of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (the Jenkins Report), held its third meeting on Thursday 24 March.

  • Taskforce Meeting: 28 February 2022
     Tuesday, 1 March 2022

    The Parliamentary Leadership Taskforce overseeing the implementation of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (the Jenkins Report), held its second meeting on Monday 28 February.

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Contact

Email: PLT@aph.gov.au