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Dr James Bennett - University of Newcastle

Dr James Bennett is an historian at the University of Newcastle. He has a track record in producing transnational histories – with particular reference to Australians and New Zealanders – as well as leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration. One of his major research interests is rainbow history with an emphasis on the medicalisation and de-medicalisation of homosexuality. His publications on this topic have featured in several national and international journals including Medical History and Social History of Medicine. Current collaborative research projects include ‘gay conversion therapy’, Cooma Gaol as a gay prison in the mid-twentieth century, and marriage equality. In 2019 he led an interdisciplinary research team that produced a competitively funded exhibition on marriage equality in Newcastle and the Hunter called ‘Waiting for Equality’, launched on the second anniversary of the passage of same-sex marriage in the federal Parliament by the federal MP for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, and the Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Declan Clausen.

Phone: (02) 4348 4057

'Welcome to Country' in the ACT

Welcomes to Country ceremonies are conducted as a sign of respect for the traditional custodians of a particular region or area. The ACT Government recognises the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas.


National telephone counselling service for sexual assault, domestic and family violence. We provide information, counselling and referrals. The service is available to anyone living in Australia. We also provide information through our Sunny and Daisy apps (free from app stores). All of our qualified counsellors have undertaken disability awareness training. We can be reached through the National Relay Service, and Interpreter Service.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays. We do not charge for the service, although some providers may charge a fee to mobiles. Call 1800 737 732 or contact us via webchat on our website

Phone: 1800 737 732

Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI)

Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI) is an independent advocacy organisation located in Canberra. We work to ensure the rights of people with disability. We are a Disabled Peoples' Organisation which means half our Board of Management, staff and members identify as having a disability.  

We have professional advocates who can work with individuals with disabilities who are working to resolve issues.  AFI writes on both local and national systemic issues in the form of submissions, reports and position papers on issues affecting people with disability.  We also provide expert policy advice on issues affecting people with disabilities by being on panels and advisory groups. 
We can provide training for people who want to gain skills so they can be their own advocate – in other words, be a self-advocate. AFI also provides training to groups who may want to know more about how to engage with people with disabilities effectively.

Phone: 02 6257 4005

Deloitte Australia

Deloitte offers a strategic approach to diversity, inclusion and leadership. Discover our approach and explore our thought leadership and research.

Diversity Partners

Diversity Partners is one of Australia’s leading specialist consulting firms guiding organisations to achieve more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Since 2009, Diversity Partners has worked with more than 300 organisations, ranging from top ASX organisations to small-medium firms, public sector departments and agencies, and universities in Australia and New Zealand.

We care deeply about making workplaces better for everyone. We apply best-practice global research to find the right commercially-focused solutions for organisations.

We specialise in inclusion and diversity strategies, inclusive leadership and unconscious bias education and coaching, facilitation of D&I councils, implementation of flexible work arrangements, and reviews of talent acquisition and promotion policies and practices to reach diverse candidate pools and disrupt unconscious bias.

Every member of our team has deep expertise and experience in leading inclusion and diversity efforts. Diversity Partners has worked across all industry sectors, making a positive difference to workplace  cultures and business performance.

Phone: 1800 571 999

DiversityWorks NZ

We are New Zealand’s national body for workplace diversity and inclusion.

Dr David Betts - University of Newcastle

Dr David Betts is a Lecturer in the Social Work program in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include gerontology, the social well-being of older sexual and gender minorities, and clinical social work practice. His clinical practice background includes working as a registered social worker in New Zealand in the field of health, and as a community support worker. Dr Betts’ PhD focused on older sexual and gender minorities developing supportive interpersonal and community networks, evaluating concerns facing the research cohort as they age, and critiques the reliance on legislation and social policy as a benchmark for social change.

Phone: (02) 492 15782

Dr David Roy - University of Newcastle

Dr David Roy is a lecturer and researcher in Education and Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle. He uses his research to inform inclusion and equity practices for children across Australia, with a particular focus on children with a disability and engagement with the Arts.

His research interests are in drama and arts learning, and inclusion in Education. He was nominated for the 2006 Saltire/TES Scottish Education Publication of the Year and won the 2013 Best New Australian Publication for VCE Drama and/or VCE Theatre Studies. His most recent text is 'Teaching the Arts: Early Childhood and Primary’ (2019) published by Cambridge University Press.

He is a representative of the NESA Home Schooling Consultative Group and the NSWDoE Disability Strategy Reference group. He has been involved in various State and National Parliamentary Inquiries and Royal Commissions.

Phone: (02)49218654

Dr Justin Ellis - University of Newcastle

Dr Justin Ellis is a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Newcastle. He has over 10 years’ experience researching and publishing within LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia and Asia. His most recent research examines the impact of digital technologies on arbitrary police interference within the LGBTQ+ community in Sydney. This research involved recruiting in-depth interview and survey respondents through the AIDS Council of NSW and the NSW Police Force. He also has over five years’ experience researching perceptions of safety and fear of crime within vulnerable populations. He has a broad perspective on sexual citizenship and how this intersects with notions of crime, deviance, digital technologies and inclusion/exclusion. He gained this perspective through five years’ in legal affairs journalism and corporate communications in Sydney and close to 10 years living and working in Asia on sexual orientation and gender rights advocacy for Asia region publications. This included researching and writing a report for OutRight Action International on freedom of association and assembly abuses against sexual and gender minorities in Indonesia. Justin seeks industry and community partnerships in Australia and the region that will improve quality of life outcomes for vulnerable populations with a focus on LGBTQ+ communities.

Phone: 02 4921 5682


As a nationally recognised training program, DV-alert workshops and e-Learning streams are mapped out against the unit of competency CHCDFV001: Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence. Participants who successfully complete the training and assessment will receive a statement of attainment. Find out more about the benefits of DV-alert.

ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

ELMO’s suite of HR, payroll and rostering / time & attendance solutions can be used together or stand-alone, and are configurable according to your organisation’s processes and workflows. The ELMO solution allows organisations to manage their HR and payroll processes within one simple platform, with a single dashboard and reporting suite.

Phone: 1300 884 510

En Masse

En Masse is a team of workplace behaviour change consultants helping organisations of all sizes build positive results in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, workplace culture, productivity, values. ethics, equal opportunity and psychological health and safety. 

Equality Consulting

Equality Consulting believes that for diversity to progress at work inclusion has to turn personally significant and safe for leaders and their teams. Our on-point training approach can help accelerate Inclusive Leadership for organisations.

Leading Diverse Teams, Developing Inclusive Leaders and Building Visible Women Leaders are among our top selling presentation titles. Please talk to us for training needs on related topics.

Executive Directions Consultancy Pty Ltd

Executive Directions Consultancy is a Sydney based leadership consultancy working with senior organisational leaders, teams and groups. We work across Asia Pacific and specialise in helping diverse teams to raise the level of performance thorough a focus on strategic execution, team dynamics & coherence, and through their ability to form and influence broader relationships. We also work with small groups of high potential “diverse” leaders helping them develop their own authentic style and get ready for bigger and more challenging roles.  Our 1:1 work is typically with C suite leaders helping them to lead diverse & inclusive organisations, whilst learning to adapt to increasing complexity and change.

Government of South Australia

The South Australian Government actively encourages public sector employees to participate in Aboriginal cultural awareness training.

These programs can occur in the work place or in a residential community setting where learning Aboriginal culture takes place on Aboriginal country.

The Register of Cultural Awareness Training Providers lists South Australian training providers. All principal presenters are Aboriginal.

Government of Western Australia- Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries

The Welcome to Country ceremony acknowledges and recognises the rights of the traditional land owners. Its purpose is to respectfully acknowledge the past and present peoples on whose land you may be visiting and give visitors safe passage.

John Briggs Consultancy

John Briggs Consultancy offers expertise in workshops, facilitation and providing specialist guidance around Indigenous engagement and inclusion. We work with government, non-government, corporate, early years and education sector organisations Australia-wide. 

Phone: 0417 003 565

KPMG Australia

KPMG's People & Change team can help you unlock this potential and navigate transformational change across all functions to drive unprecedented levels of performance.

Larrakia Nation

A Welcome to or Acknowledgement of Country is an important recognition of the Larrakia people’s association with our land and our place as First Australians. Australia has no treaty with its Indigenous people. And, like many Indigenous communities, the Larrakia people have experienced significant imposed upheaval from our Country. But, despite this, we remain strongly connected to the Country of our ancestors. We are the traditional custodians of this land, Larrakia Land.


As for Lifeline, we Australia’s national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line 13 11 14 about:

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Personal crisis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Stresses from work, family or society
  • Self-help information for friends and family

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

For information about how to appropriately conduct a Welcome to Country, contact the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Phone: 02 8394 9666

MS Society

We’re here for you at every step of your multiple sclerosis journey. Our MS Connect service provides information and advice, and links you in to supports and services.

We take your individual circumstances into account – from the time of diagnosis and each day forward. We can help you understand a recent diagnosis, treatment options, learn practical ways to manage your symptoms, and make healthy choices for living well with multiple sclerosis. We also work closely with neurologists, health professionals and service providers in your local community.

Phone: 1800 042 138


Introducing premium on demand wellness and care packages in and out of home whenever you need them. Whether you are looking for wellness support for yourself or one of your family members, we'd love to work with you to create a tailored Wellness Program in the home or in the office that gives you the very best outcomes for the ones you love. We offer premium care that is people-centred and inclusive and available in convenient time blocks to suit your schedule. Our online booking service and immediate confirmation make choosing a specialist Compassionaire whenever you need us as easy as booking a flight.

Phone: 02 9331 3344

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is a global professional services business with law at its core. We focus on innovation and for us, this means fundamentally changing how high quality legal advice is delivered. Our advice is based not just on technical legal expertise and commerciality, but informed by strategic D&I engagement. It's not just about law and compliance. Our aim is to support our clients in optimising their workforces, enabling everyone to make business better for people. 

Phone: 0450569199

Pride in Diversity

Pride in Diversity is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion. Pride in Diversity publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion.

Phone: +61 2 9206 2139


We help our clients achieve gender-balanced technology teams by running a program that surfaces the systemic, environmental and cultural derailers for women in their technology functions. We provide a roadmap and resources to help our clients remove these derailers, with accountability driven by executive sponsorship, We also help our clients grow by providing a pipeline of female talent for strategic hires in technology and technology leadership.


At Psynapse, we’re passionate about helping organisations become more diverse, inclusive, and innovative. We can provide thought leadership, consulting, subject matter expertise, and tailored leader development programs to help you leverage diversity and inclusion for growth and innovation.

Phone: +61 413 958528

PwC Australia

Healthcare: Helping solve the complex challenges facing the health industry.

Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority

This is an important formal welcome, which may be spoken or performed as a ceremony by the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian/s of the local Country or Place.

A Welcome to Country is recommended for large public events. It may involve ceremonies of dance, smoke and/or song to bless the event and welcome participants. The ceremony must be negotiated with the local traditional owners, and communities may also wish to ceremonially close the event, thank the participants and protect the land for future meetings.

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

SCARF Refugee Support

As a refugee support organisation and training provider, SCARF is committed to building inclusive communities, schools and workplaces. Our vision is to see community members from a refugee background happily settled and fully participating in community life. We do this by creating connections and opportunities that build a sense of belonging; promote social & economic inclusion; and empower individuals and families to lead independent lives. Since we were established in 2005, SCARF has embodied welcome, community, inclusivity and friendship. We continue to be guided by these values as we grow and strengthen to support our community of more than 1900 people from refugee backgrounds here in the Illawarra.

Our diversity and inclusion training team deliver tailored workshops for schools, local businesses and other interested groups to help build understanding of the refugee experience and equip participants with a broad range of cultural capacity skills. This helps to break down barriers, build empathy and encourage inclusion. Our training is unique in that it is co-designed and co-delivered by people from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds. This ensures it is guided by lived experience and expertise. It also enables us to provide opportunities for people from refugee background to be trained and employed as workshop facilitators. By sharing their knowledge and expertise within the community, facilitators further develop their skills and leadership capacities.

Tasmania Government- Department of Communities Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government is committed to resetting our relationship with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people so as to improve the social, cultural and economic outcomes for Tasmania Aboriginals while also promoting greater understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal culture.

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) in the Communities, Sport and Recreation Division is responsible for high-level consultation with Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Thea O'Connor

Menopause Education and Training for Workplaces As a workplace wellbeing provider, specialising in the wellbeing needs of working women, I offer services to workplaces to help them become menopause friendly. 

Services Include:

  • Training for Managers on menopause.
  • Education for all Staff – why menopause is a workplace issue.
  • Seminars for Women: Self-care strategies for women working through menopause.
  • Consultancy regarding taking an organisational approach to becoming menopause friendly. This can staff surveys, white label communication templates and policy reviews – to help workplaces embed menopause into existing polices, or introduce new ones as needed. 

Why become Menopause Friendly?

  • Women aged 45+ are one of the fastest growing demographics in the workplace.  
  • All women experience the menopausal transition, usually between the ages of 45 and 55.  At least 2/3 say the symptoms make work more challenging. 1 in 4 consider quitting and 10% do. This isn't just due to the symptoms, it's also due to the silence around the topic which prevents women from accessing simple supports that can help a woman maintain her workplace performance while attending to her wellbeing..
  • With awareness-raising, education, training and reasonable adjustments in place, employers  can retain this valuable talent pool, so that more experienced women can progress into senior leadership roles.  We know that organisations that have greater gender diversity at the top, perform better financially. 
Phone: 0412 190 860

Victorian Government

If your event is in a part of Victoria where the Traditional Owners have been formally recognised, you should contact the relevant Formally Recognised Traditional Owner corporation to arrange the Welcome to Country. Contact details can be found in the Table of Formally Recognised Traditional Owner corporations.

Phone: 1800 762 003