Landgate break­ing the glass ceil­ing

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

AMONG the women em­ployed at State land in­for­ma­tion agency Landgate are the first fe­male lead­ers to hold im­por­tant statu­tory of­fices in WA.

In 2017 Dione Bil­ick be­came the first woman to be­come the Sur­veyor-Gen­eral, a po­si­tion in ex­is­tence since the Swan River Colony be­gan in 1829.

Other women at Landgate to hold of­fice for the first time are Reg­is­trar of Ti­tles, Jean Vil­lani, and Com­mis­sioner of Ti­tles, Susan Dukes.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Jodi Cant be­came the first fe­male at the helm of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2017, hav­ing worked in many roles across the agency since 2004.

She led the cre­ation of the agency’s in­no­va­tion pro­gram and was in­stru­men­tal in the for­ma­tion of the lo­ca­tion­tech­nol­ogy hub Spur.

“Our fe­male work­place par­tic­i­pa­tion rate is above the public sec­tor av­er­age and we ac­tively en­cour­age the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of our peo­ple re­gard­less of their gen­der,” Ms Cant said.

“We’re com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing di­ver­sity and equal­ity at all lev­els of our or­gan­i­sa­tion; our board is 75 per cent fe­male, in­clud­ing our chair Caro­line de Mori.”

Of the 503 peo­ple em­ployed at the agency, 245 are women.

Landgate has cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day for 21 years by host­ing a break­fast for local com­mu­nity and busi­ness lead­ers from Mid­land and the Swan Val­ley.

“We’re a proud part of the Mid­land com­mu­nity and will al­ways champion the women mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to this re­gion – es­pe­cially our own em­ploy­ees,” Ms Cant said.

Dione Bil­ick has achieved a his­toric first.

Landgate CEO Jodi Cant.

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