Submission to the South Australian Public Transport – Women’s Action Plan (2021-2022)

by | Oct 26, 2021 | Early childhood, Pregnancy, Public Policy

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a submission to this important work. I commend the SA Government for establishing their first Public Transport Diversity and Inclusion Framework.

Middle Ground Motherhood (MGM) is a social enterprise that advocates for mother-centred communities by working with individuals and organisations to develop and advocate for programs, policy and planning that supports mothers and families to thrive.

Women transitioning through matrescence (the process of becoming a mother), have a unique set of considerations and challenges when using public transport. From pregnancy to old age, women who are mothers are more likely to experience discrimination and violence. They are often travelling with their children, as they undertake the vast majority of care. Becoming a mother impacts a range of key segments of a women’s life including economic, social, cultural and physical.

Therefore, it is imperative that mothers are considered a key cohort for the Women’s Action Plan. In terms of the initial key outcomes and objectives outlined in the Action Plan, these are obviously general in nature. It would be important for the next stage in the Plan’s development to include key measures regarding safety and amenity for public transport, developed in consultation with women from a variety of life experiences. This includes how public transport links to a range of related activities including work, school, early childhood care and education, cycling, walking, and driving, as well as between public transport types. Additionally it should recognise intersections with accessibility across a range of measures such as language, physical, cost etc. 

It’s important women’s lived experience is valued appropriately when government seeks input on policy development. Therefore, it would be appropriate for key groups of contributors to be compensated. Examples of this exist in other models of consultation and community engagement, including the City of Adelaide Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel and Local Government Development Assessment Panels.

Further to this, monitoring and reporting should be undertaken in partnership with an external party. In Victoria, She’s a Crowd has worked with the Department of Transport, utilising their data and gender expertise to inform transport policies and planning. She’s A Crowd collected over 1000 geo-locative stories and provided Department of Transport with 12 months access to their data insights delivery dashboard and data insights report.

Additionally, complaints and feedback should be directed through an appropriate partner agency who can adequately respond from a trauma-informed perspective and provide accountability, and ongoing analysis of the feedback being provided.

Currently workforce planning has not been addressed as part of the Plan. Women’s participation is important in achieving gender equity, therefore a plan to ensure employment opportunities within Adelaide Metro, should be included in the Plan. This would also extend to provision of parental leave, security of work and flexible work opportunities.

Emailed to 20 October 2021


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more blog posts

Heads Up

MGM is partnering with Bike Adelaide and South Australian Parents for Climate Action plus a small team of organisers to stage a Kidical Mass protest event in Adelaide, which will join the global movement of people advocating for safe cycling for children on Sunday 25 September 2022.

Normal Crazy

I certainly identify with the idea of ‘normal crazy’, a term I discovered in my recent Master’s thesis proposal research. There have been times I have felt out of my mind during my matrescence. The researchers suggest that the struggles associated with matrescence leave mothers assessed as coping or not coping. There is little scope for a middle ground that acknowledges a place for struggle without pathology.  However, I know there is a spectrum, and my crazy has edged past “normal” at times.

Join our mailing list

Be the first to know about our next events and updates.

*By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with the site owner and Mailchimp to receive marketing, updates, and other emails from the site owner. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time.

Pin It on Pinterest