The National Gallery’s first Gender Equity Action Plan 2021–2026 was developed in consultation with staff, Council, community, government and the sector. Ensuring that all people regardless of gender, have the opportunity to reach their full potential is central to the National Gallery’s vision. The Plan commits to:

  1. Accelerate gender equity
  2. Advocate for sector wide collaboration
  3. Strengthen organisational culture
  4. Empower participation
  5. Amplify data for equity


  1. Achieve equity across all activities including collection development and artistic programs on site, online and on tour
  2. Establish high-level leadership supporting gender equity across the Gallery
  3. Treat all genders fairly in the workplace, respect and support human rights and do not discriminate
  4. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of internal and external stakeholders, staff and volunteers
  5. Promote education, training and professional development for women
  6. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  7. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  8. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equity.

These principles are adapted from the Women’s Empowering Principles of UN Women and UN Global Compact: Equality means business. The Gallery recognises the worldwide contribution of UN Women which is dedicated to gender equity and the empowerment of women; and the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, a gender equity initiative established by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), at the University of Canberra, Australia.

The Gallery acknowledges the significant work of groups supporting gender equity in the arts including the Australian data and reportage activists The Countess Report, Sheila: A Foundation for women in the visual arts and the social media campaign #5womenartists by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.


The Gender Equity Action Plan (GEAP) working group was established in response to the National Gallery’s gender equity initiative Know My Name. The purpose of the working group is to consult and identify key areas where policies and procedures are required to implement gender equity.


  • Natasha Bullock (Chair), Assistant Director, Artistic Programs
  • Kelli Cole, Curator Special Projects, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
  • Rebecca Edwards, Sid and Fiona Myer Curator of Ceramics & Design
  • Jessi England (Coordinator), Program & Campaign Manager, Know My Name
  • Camilla Greville, Project Officer, Travelling Exhibitions
  • Terry Harding (Co-Secretariat), Development Manager
  • Aidan Hartshorn, Wesfarmers Assistant Curator
  • Marcus Hayman, Manager, Digital Asset Management System
  • Lloyd Hurrell, Installation Coordinator
  • Kate Leonard, Manager, HR & Operations
  • Kanesan Nathan, Head of Marketing
  • Alysha Redston (Co-Secretariat), Conservation Technician
  • Simon Underschultz, Archivist
  • Keir Winesmith, Tim Fairfax Head of Digital
  • The Countess Report – Amy Prcevich, Elvis Richardson, Miranda Samuels