Our vision

A just and inclusive society where all people can thrive.


  • WIRE’s vision

    A just and inclusive society where all people can thrive.

    WIRE’s purpose

    At WIRE we work with women, non-binary and gender-diverse people to address the issues they identify, assist them to make informed choices in their lives, and advocate for structural change to bring about gender equity and social justice.

    Our principles

    Our principles are our beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. They underpin how we work as a team, the partnerships we form, and the way we research, design and deliver our programs.

    • Human rights and social justice

    • Courage and leadership

    • Intersectional feminism

    • Person centred and responsive

    • Evidence and improvement

    • Sustainable and interdependent change

    • Transparent and accountable

    • Respectful collaboration and co-design

    • Curiosity and growth

Service model

WIRE achieves this by:

  • Listening to and amplifying the voices of women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people
  • Identifying and working to eliminate gender bias and gender discrimination
  • Providing support and information to assist women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people to make informed choices
  • Providing women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people with tools and education to rebuild their lives
  • Having strong and ethical governance, enabling long-term sustainability
  • Living WIRE’s principles in daily practice as an organisation and as individuals
  • WIRE is a service for and by women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people in Victoria. We work within a feminist framework where we recognise  service users’ resilience and resourcefulness as a starting point. We take time to listen to their stories, and we always respect and acknowledge their diverse experiences and the different ways they choose to resolve their life situations.
  • As part of our feminist framework, we also understand the structural inequalities and differences women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people face because of their gender and the social and economic influences affecting them. We work to influence social change and act to overcome structural inequalities for women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people and strongly believe that they have a right to information to enable them to make decisions and choices in their lives.


WIRE recognises the diversity of Victorian women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people. This diversity can be seen in our staff, volunteers and service users. We embrace and value diversity. It is our policy to be inclusive and mindful of this diversity in our policies, programs and interactions with others. We affirm all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, intersex status, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

WIRE aims to be inclusive of women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people from all backgrounds and experiences. We aim to create an environment which is free of exploitation and discrimination.

As a publicly funded agency, WIRE has obligations to act consistently with the human rights specified in Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, including sections 8 (protection against discrimination), 14 (freedom of thought) & 15 (freedom of expression).

WIRE is exempt from the sections 16, 107 and 182 of the Equal Opportunity Act, No. H68/2013.

WIRE is a recognised Fair and Flexible Employer 2009-2010 Victorian Government ways2work.

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