As Screen Australia works towards gender equity in projects receiving production funding, the agency has taken stock on the progress of its Gender Matters initiative. The update comes in the same week that actor and gender equality advocate Geena Davis addressed a gathering of the Australian screen industry with a sobering look at the representation of women on screens, highlighting how the issue of unconscious gender bias begins in children’s television and film.

“Gender Matters is the biggest initiative Screen Australia has ever taken on,” said Screen Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Fiona Cameron. “It has permeated every corner of our agency, from Program Operations who process every incoming application, to the Development Unit who assess every project and assist talent to develop stories and their careers, to Business & Audience who look after distribution funding for female-led projects under Better Deals.”