Inclusion Matters is DCA’s regular e-news. This free update highlights our latest work, as well as many key issues, resources, events and dates. Generally sent fortnightly, it is sometimes issued weekly when activity around diversity and inclusion demands added attention.
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Check out some of our past editions:
Inclusion at Work Week is here! 6 November 2023
We kick off Inclusion at Work Week and share the list of DCA’s 2023-2024 Inclusive Employers!
Words at work: should we use CALD or CARM? 24 October 2023
Explore insights on inclusive and accurate language at work.
Shifting the mobile middle towards Yes! 10 October 2023
5 tips on how to have successful conversations with undecided voters.
Age Discrimination at Work 25 September 2023
Combatting ageism and embracing the ‘5-Generation’ workforce.
Mental Health and Inclusion@Work Index Data 12 September 2023
How can work impact employee mental health? DCA shares early findings from the 2023 Inclusion@Work Index.
The Gender Pay Gap 29 August 2023
Discover changes that could contribute to closing the gender pay gap.
How to make your recruitment process more inclusive 15 August 2023
Improve your inclusive recruitment practices.
Supporting employees through bereavement 1 August 2023
How to support your employees through grief.
Inclusion Matters: DCA eNewsletter 18 July 2023
Read a personal blog piece on respecting pronouns in the workplace, as well as our latest Case Study: Building a Culture of Accessibility at (and with) Microsoft.
Racism Still Prevalent in Australian Workplaces 4 July 2023
Early findings in DCA research indicate that little headway has been made in eradicating racism at work.
Recruiting Neurodivergent Talent 20 June 2023
Read these concrete tips on tapping into neurodivergent talent, and on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Why Celebrate Pride at Work 6 June 2023
As Pride Month kicks off, we share some insights on LGBTIQ+ inclusive work culture.
AUSTRALIA – It’s time to RISE! 23 May 2023
Find out about how to be part of the RISE project, National Reconciliation week, and read our submission on early childhood education and care.
What we hope to see in the budget 9 May 2023
As we head into the Federal Budget tonight, DCA is calling on the government to fund some specific areas. Also read about how and why to celebrate D&I days of significance.
Dive Into What’s New With DCA’s ELearning Program! 18 April 2023
DCA’s eLearning program D&I 101 helps you create a culture of inclusion from the ground up.
Have your say on gender equality in Australia 22 March 2023
DCA will be making a submission in response to the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality, with a specific focus on workplace gender equality. Share your views with us.
Stand Out as an Inclusive Employer! 14 March 2023
DCA and our partners Cultural Infusion are excited to announce that registrations are open for the 2023 Inclusive Employer Index.
In the lead up to International Women’s Day, DCA launched a ground-breaking new report examining the state of play for culturally and racially marginalised (CARM) women in leadership.
DCA says Yes! to the Voice 23 February 2023
DCA attended the launch of the Yes! campaign for a Voice to Parliament.
Happy World Pride 16 February 2023
Sydney World Pride is launching this weekend! It’s a momentous occasion for the LGBTIQ+ community with lots of celebrations happening over the next couple of weeks.
The world’s first Global Diversity and Inclusion Alliance! 1 February 2023
In February 2023, along with our partners the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Community Business, and Diversity Works New Zealand, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) will be launching the Global Inclusion & Diversity Alliance (GIDA).
There’s lots in store for you in 2023 17 January 2023
We’ve jam-packed this year full of free or discounted events, powerful research, and tons of resources to build inclusion in your workplace and help you smash that ‘new year, new me’ goal!
Here’s looking at you 2022 15 December 2022
2022 was a huge year for DCA, not only for our team but for our Members and supporters who continue to champion diversity and inclusion in workplaces across Australia (and beyond).
Disability, Diversity, Inclusion and You! 30 November 2022
Challenge the way you think about disability and help grow a more inclusive Australia.
Just what was the verdict at the #DCADebate? 18 November 2022
Plus, DCA and a Respect @ Work appointment, Inclusion At Work Week and what’s coming up.
Inclusion At Work Week and Announcing Inclusive Employers 2022/23 – 14 November 2022
Take a look at which organisations have been recognised as Inclusive Employers and, it’s time to celebrate Inclusion At Work Week.
DCA shares the latest stage of our research on AI in recruitment, showing people are largely in one of two camps cautious or converted. Plus, a Budget Wrap, a look back at the #DCADebate and some must read material.
Inclusive Recruitment Latest Research Out Now! 20 October 2022
Employers need more workers, workers need more work, we share our latest research that explores ways to help the address current issues in the workforce, plus #InclusionAtWorkWeek resources are ready for you, and we look at the new parental leave policy.
Your Latest Diversity and Inclusion News 12 October 2022
The #DCADebate is back, we feature a Commonwealth Bank Case Study, there’s fresh Ageing At Work research, a Survey for Culturally and Racially Marginalised Women and so much more in this jam-packed edition.
Time to Shine – 1st ever #InclusionAtWorkWeek 21 September 2022
Find out about DCA’s #InclusionAtWorkWeek and how you can showcase all the wonderful diversity and inclusion progress your organisation has made.
Have Your Say on Artificial Intelligence 5 September 2022
An opportunity to contribute to making AI better in delivering more inclusive outcomes – complete the Inclusive AI at Work survey now.
Celebrating International Day for People of African Descent 30 August 2022
At DCA we proudly celebrate this day as an inclusive workplace practice. Read on to find out why your workplace should too.
The hallmarks of an inclusive leader 3 August 2022
The key to building inclusive leadership in your organisation is the right mindset. Our evidence-based model for inclusive leadership recognises that there are five key mindsets your leaders can learn and practice to set your organisation up for success.
The latest edition of She’s Price(d)less: The economics of the gender pay gap shows that accounting for labour force participation rates and incomes, the national pay gap is estimated at $966m per week or $51.8b per year.
World Refugee at IKEA Australia Day 20 June 2022
This week we are talking about and celebrating refugees and asylum seekers. 20 June is World Refugee Day, and in Australia, Refugee Week runs from 19 June – to 25 June. To mark the dates, we are considering the critical role that businesses can play in creating inclusive work opportunities.
Are you experiencing difficulties finding suitable candidates and filling positions in your organisation? What factors do you think are contributing to this? Or, have you recently applied for a job? Do you feel like the process was bias-free? Answer these and other important questions in a survey dedicated to building inclusive recruitment capabilities in Australian organisations.
Jess Hill delivers Anna McPhee Memorial Oration 31 May 2022
Walkey award-winning investigative journalist and author of a landmark text about Australia’s domestic and family violence and abuse epidemic, Jess Hill, today addressed DCA members at the Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity & Inclusion in Melbourne.
New research from DCA explores the impact that workplace inclusion has on mental health.
Where do the major parties stand on D&I? 16 May 2022
Each Federal Election, Diversity Council Australia writes to both major parties to ask them to respond to a series of questions, based on DCA’s own research, about where they stand on key issues of diversity and inclusion affecting Australian workplaces.
Perspectives on Mother’s Day 6 May 2022
Read our blog to hear what Mother’s Day means to a range of different families – from rainbow families, bereaved families, and childless families – and how we can all be inclusive at this time.
Activate for Uluru 13 April 2022
With a federal election looming, Dean Parkin, Director, From the Heart, shared with us his views on why after 15 years of promises made to Indigenous people for a referendum on constitutional recognition, now is the time for those promises to be delivered.
DCA’s Inclusive Employers Index to run annually 31 March 2022
Are you looking to profile your organisation as an Inclusive Employer? If you missed out on joining the Index last year, now is your chance to discover in-depth diversity and inclusion metrics on your organisation and benchmark it against others within the Australian workforce.
In response to the global push for racial justice in 2020, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) studied how businesses can effectively address racism in Australian workplaces.
The resulting report, Racism at Work, is an evidence-based organisational framework for anti-racism action to help Australian businesses.
Happy International Women’s Day 8 March 2022
March 8 is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
AI in recruitment: Friend or foe? 2 March 2022
DCA has partnered with Hudson RPO and Monash University to research the impact of unconscious bias on recruitment and selection decisions using AI and offer interventions to minimise or remove the influence of unconscious bias in recruitment.
Celebrating linguistic diversity 21 February 2022
To acknowledge and mark International Mother Language Day, five DCA staff generously shared their stories of how multilingualism has shaped their lives.
How women and girls are transforming STEM 11 February 2022
To mark, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science, shares with DCA a special profile of four outstanding women within STEM.
More conscious and effective inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues 21 January 2022
We introduce case studies for more effective inclusion. Ahead of January 26, the edition focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allyship.
Three D&I resolutions for 2022 11 January 2022
In our first Inclusion Matters of 2022, we propose three D&I new year’s resolutions that will allow your organisation to continue to thrive as we work and live through unprecedented times.
End of year message from our CEO 20 December 2021
An end of year message from DCA’s CEO Lisa Annese, addressing what has been a tumultuous year for businesses, as they face the ongoing fallout from the pandemic.
What you can do to address family & domestic violence 25 November 2021
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Use our resource Myth Busting Domestic & Family Violence at Work to lead the prevention of domestic and family violence in Australian workplaces.
Your ultimate D&I eLearning solution 11 November 2021
We are excited to officially launch D&I 101, DCA’s brand-new eLearning program designed to provide your workforce with the essential diversity and inclusion knowledge needed to make your workplace a safer, respectful, more effective, and overall better place to work.
Share your views on improving gender equality in Australia 3 November 2021
DCA is making a submission on the review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. And we need your input to help inform our submission.
Reporting – key to addressing gender pay gap 27 October 2021
Gender Pay Gap Reporting in Australia: Time for an upgrade, is an Australian-centric companion report to Bridging the gap? An analysis of gender pay gap reporting in six countries provides a detailed examination of Australia’s current gender pay gap reporting arrangements and how they can, and should, be improved upon.
New research highlights stigma faced by male carers at work 7 October 2021
In the lead up to Carers Week from 10 – 16 October, we are releasing a special edition report of DCA’s Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022 titled Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce.
Speaking culture, knowledge and Australia’s truth 30 September 2021
It was a privilege to have Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, Associate Professor Dr Lynette Riley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work, present to DCA members recently on her vast knowledge, awareness and personal experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and truths.
Can you help us address racism at work? 9 September 2021
Are you doing enough to confront racism at work? Is racism at work your responsibility or should it be up to your employer to tackle? Have you experienced racism at work? How common is it? And what should be done to effectively address racism in the workplace? Answer these and other important questions in a survey dedicated to eradicating racism in Australian workplaces.
In remembrance of Dr Graeme Russell 1 September 2021
With Father’s Day fast approaching on September 5th, we take a moment to remember Dr Graeme Russell, a pioneer of research on fathering and one of DCA’s greatest research contributors.
CEOs from some of Australia’s most prominent businesses have stood up and called time on sexual harassment.
#Whatsyourpaygap 19 August 2021
Data out today from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) revealed that this year, Equal Pay Day will be on 31 August. In the lead up to Equal Pay Day, DCA was pleased to hear from the new WGEA Director, Mary Wooldridge, about why the gender pay gap persists, what organisations can do to address it, and why conducting a gender pay gap analysis is the best way to start addressing these issues.
3 things you can do to stand up for respect at work 28 July 2021
More than 220 CEOs from top companies in Australia and across many sectors have signed DCA’s #IStandForRespect pledge committing to take steps in their organisation to address sexual harassment and make the workplace safe for everyone.
To mark International Non-Binary People’s Day, DCA Member Relations Admin Coordinator Tara Somerville shares what it means to get it right – and wrong – with non-binary, trans and gender diverse employees.
Let’s work flexibly by design, not default 24 June 2021
As COVID-19 continues to shape the nature of work in 2021, and we grapple with how best to move forward, there is an opportunity to ‘Future-Flex’. That is, to democratise and mainstream flexible work – and what’s more, do it in an inclusive way. Because while the pandemic’s ‘silver linings’ of increased flexibility and working from home are beneficial on the face of it, there is a risk that inequities are being baked in.
The ultimate guide to conducting a diversity survey 10 June 2021
Diversity demographic data is a powerful tool for understanding the mix of employees in your organisation. It can help you make informed decisions about the future of your business.
Reconciliation Week 27 May 2021
Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Just asking ‘where are you from…?’ is not the best way to understand Australia’s rich cultural diversity 18 May 2021
A new report, out today, from DCA and the University of Sydney Business School has found that Australian organisations are missing out on important business opportunities by failing to effectively measure the degree and breadth of culturally diverse talent in their leadership team, workforce, customer base, and labour market pool.
Sign the #IStandForRespect pledge! 22 April 2021
Join other leading DCA member organisations and commit to ending harassment in your workplace by signing a public pledge to show your enduring commitment to a zero-tolerance policy.
Measuring Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), identifying your areas of focus, and acting on the data you receive, to benchmark yourself against others and be recognised as an inclusive employer, is no easy feat. It’s not cheap, either. DCA’s third Inclusion@Work DCA Member Index provides you with an opportunity to do all these things in a cost-effective and efficient way.
Harmony Week: Everyone belongs 18 March 2021
This week, workplaces throughout Australia will be celebrating Harmony Week to acknowledge the contributions of multicultural communities by hosting events and activities with global food, music, and traditional dress – but, is there more we can do?
IWD Mythbuster 1 March 2021
Domestic violence is a critical issue for the workplace, especially as COVID-19 continues to blur the line between home and office, whilst also driving a documented spike in violence against women. But what are workplaces doing to address the issue? And is it really an issue for workplaces at all?
Calling all DCA Key Contacts! 18 February 2021
Exclusively for our key contacts (plus one D&I colleague), the DCA LinkedIn Community provides a supportive platform to gain valuable insights and practical advice on D&I topics of interest to you.
Cancer, work, and you 4 February 2021
Today is World Cancer Day and a reminder that the flexibility and support offered by organisations during COVID-19 should be ongoing and extended to all employees but, especially those being treated or recovering from serious illness and those with caring responsibilities.
This year, we are conducting the third biennial Inclusion@Work Index and invite DCA members to participate in the Member Index to measure their progress in creating diversity and inclusion at the workforce level.