2017 Year in Review: DCA’s greatest hits

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Collage of photos from DCA events in 2017

It’s the time of year to sit back and reflect on how DCA helped support your diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts in 2017. 

This year, we provided members with a growing suite of research, events and resources, all of it adding up to unrivalled expertise across the D&I spectrum.

The DCA team sincerely thanks our members, partner organisations and sponsors for their ongoing support, and we especially welcome all new members for 2017. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season!

As Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit peak body for workplace D&I, we very much look forward to continuing to assist you with your D&I efforts. 

If you missed a beat, below is our Greatest Hits for 2017. Stay tuned for what we have to offer in 2018, including more ground-breaking new content, events, expertise and research.

Unique research

  • As part of our Future-Flex series, we released new guidelines that specifically addressed the need for a team focus when implementing flexibility in the workplace.
  • To mark International Women’s Day, we released innovative research that measured the representation of culturally diverse women in the leadership of Australian listed companies.
  • Our new Men Make a Difference report examined the evidence for what works and what doesn’t when it comes to engaging men to achieve gender equality at work.
  • We worked with partners to release a new report, Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling, on the ‘double jeopardy’ that culturally diverse women experience at work and how to address it.
  • We launched the DCA-Suncorp [email protected] Index, ground-breaking research that has thrown a spotlight on the importance of inclusion in Australia’s workplaces.
  • Following input from DCA members, we made submissions to several inquiries including on proposed citizenship law changes; paid parental leave; gender segregation in the workplace (which was influenced by our work with KPMG and WGEA examining the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap); disability discrimination and marriage equality.

Inspiring events

  • Nearly 30 highly engaging events were held on a range of D&I issues such as capitalising on culturally diverse female talent, Indigenous women leaders, LGBTIQ+ inclusive workplaces, depression and the law, disability confidence, women on boards, gender segregation and the pay gap, and diversity of thought, alongside four launches of new DCA research.
  • Our CEO and Chair hosted D&I lunches with the CEOs of larger DCA members that are some of Australia’s most influential organisations.
  • We announced a major new event in Melbourne, the Annual D&I Oration, which was delivered by multi-award winning current affairs host, author and journalist, Stan Grant.
  • Another record crowd attended the DCA & NAB Annual Diversity Debate, this time exploring if a focus on identity helps or hinders D&I in the workplace.

Curated resources

  • We launched a new website which is much easier to navigate as well as being mobile and tablet-optimised and providing greatly improved accessibility.
  • Useful resources and insights were provided to members through our regular eNews on topics as diverse as the gender pay gap, domestic violence, men and flexible working, mental health, the 2016 Census, and inclusive bathrooms.

Access to experts

  • DCA staff visited every state and territory in Australia to present at many conferences and to provide advice and support to DCA members. 
  • We provided one-on-one advice and assistance to our members on a huge range of topics, including responding to over 300 ‘Ask DCA’ enquiries.
  • We also provided expert commentary on D&I issues in the media.

Knowledge programs

  • We delivered more than 70 in-house knowledge programs to our members with high demand for our Words At Work, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership programs in particular.

Showcasing your commitment to D&I

  • Many DCA members are working hard to build diverse and inclusive workplaces. We were particularly delighted to work alongside many of them in support of the successful campaign for marriage equality.
  • We are proud to have more than 460 members demonstrating their commitment to D&I through DCA membership.

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