DCA Research launch - Out At Work

Hosted by Deloitte Australia
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Date: Monday 27 Aug 2018
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm 

Deloitte, Level 9, TR2/3, 225 George Street, Sydney

Bookings close: 23 Aug 2018

In partnership with RMIT, the Star Observer, Deloitte and QBE, DCA has conducted a study that seeks to better understand why LGBTIQ+ workers share or conceal their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation at work, and how employers can create safe and inclusive workplace environments where LGBTIQ+ people can be themselves at work.

DCA & RMIT present Out at Work Sponsored by Deloitte and QBE and supported by Star ObserverAuthenticity is a valuable trait to have in the workplace – it is linked to significantly higher job satisfaction and engagement, greater happiness at work, stronger sense of community, more inspiration and lower job stress.

While Australian organisations are increasingly developing policies to support and include their LGBTIQ+ workforce, there remains a sizeable proportion of LGBTIQ+ employees who are still not comfortable being out at work. And yet hiding who they are can be costly, not only to their own well-being, but also to the organisations they work for and the broader Australian economy.

The findings of our study, Out at Work: From Prejudice to Pride, will be launched at a special event in Sydney, hosted by Deloitte.

DCA’s Research Director, Dr Jane O’Leary will present the evidence about what it means to be out at work and how organisations can provide LGBTIQ+ employees with a real choice about being out at work.

Following Jane’s presentation, DCA’s CEO, Lisa Annese will invite four guest speakers to participate in a panel discussion exploring the findings and what practical actions organisations can take to create inclusive cultures that enable real choices about being out at work.

Panel speakers will include:

  • Robbie Robertson, Experience Design Partner, Deloitte Digital and National Sponsor for Deloitte’s LGBTI Network ‘GLOBE’
  • Sharon Dickson, Head of Technology, Shared Services, QBE and the co-chair of QBE Pride
  • Dr. Raymond Trau, Lead Research Investigator, RMIT
  • Kimberly Olsen, founder and CEO of Trans Employment Program Australia and Project Officer at Uniting.

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Who should attend

All DCA members. As a part of our commitment to gender balance at DCA events, we particularly encourage male representatives to attend this event alongside their female and gender diverse colleagues. We also recommend encouraging those in senior leadership roles to attend this particular event. Attendance at DCA events is free for all member employees and a significant benefit of membership that we urge you to maximise.


The venue is wheelchair accessible and at this event we will feature live-captioning and Auslan interpreters. The event recording and transcript will be made available on the DCA website after the event. If you have any additional accessibility needs that would assist your participation at the event, please contact us on admin@dca.org.au