2018 Year in Review

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As 2018 comes to a close, it’s a great time to celebrate what DCA has achieved in diversity and inclusion (D&I) in partnership with members. 

As Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit peak body for workplace D&I, we continued to provide unique research, inspiring events and programs, curated resources and expert advice across all diversity dimensions.

Our membership now exceeds 500 organisations (up 16% on the previous year) which is an exciting milestone, and our solid financial position is enabling us to provide more focused services to you, our members.

Summarised below are just some of the highlights of 2018. We sincerely thank our members, partners and sponsors for their support and wish you all a happy and safe festive season and year ahead! 

Unique research and insights


  • Our CEO, Lisa Annese, was named one of The Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence for 2018 and she continues to advocate for D&I in the media, including regularly appearing on ABC TV’s The Drum.
  • Following input from DCA members, we made submissions to two inquiries including for the Interim Report on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the Religious Freedom Review, and we will shortly put in our submission to the Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry.

Inspiring events

  • Nearly 30 highly engaging events across Australia were held on a range of D&I topics. This included sexual harassment, age diversity, Reconciliation Action Plans, Male Champions of Change, Indigenous leadership in the C-Suite, accessible and inclusive workplaces, refugee and asylum seeker talent, the impact on D&I of robotics and AI, inclusion ‘nudges’, the Uluru statement, local and global perspectives on gender equality, alongside insights into new DCA research.
  • Renamed in honour of DCA’s former Chair, the late Anna McPhee, we held our second D&I Oration, this time delivered by The Hon Julia Gillard AC who shared her vision for mental health in Australia.
  • Another capacity crowd attended a very entertaining and thought-provoking DCA & NAB Annual Diversity Debate that explored whether or not it is really a good idea to bring your whole self to work.

Curated resources

  • We launched The Art of Inclusion, DCA's own podcast where we peered into the lives of fascinating people, whose stories shed light on the wider social issues facing Australia, and the world. Topics touched on gender, race, mental health and disability, through to the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ and Indigenous communities.
  • We provided members with information on other important diversity days during the year including World Youth Day and ANZAC Day, plus other insights on many other D&I topics.
  • We continued to add to the extensive resources in the members-only area of the DCA website which provides an incredible wealth of information across all aspects of D&I.

Access to experts

  • 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.
  • Our senior staff spoke at many events, conferences and projects around Australia and provided expert commentary on D&I issues.

Knowledge programs

  • We delivered a range of knowledge programs including two new ones on Engaging Men and Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling as well as the consistently popular Words At Work, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership programs. In 2019, we will release a new program called Out At Work built on this year’s research.

Showcasing your commitment to D&I

  • Many DCA members are working hard to build diverse and inclusive workplaces. We were particularly delighted that many chose to showcase their DCA membership to their stakeholders as well as sponsor DCA research and events.

Collage of photos from 2018

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