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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.

CEO's speak out against sexual harassment 28 August

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.

Non-binary, trans and gender diverse employees - what you need to know 14 July 2021

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.

Get D&I data at your fingertips with DCA’s Inclusion@Work Member Index 15 April 2021

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.

Is your organisation looking for inclusion metrics, benchmarking and branding? 21 January 2021

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.

2020: A Year Like No Other 15 December 2020

Many of us had to get used to a new way of life during COVID-19. DCA quickly adapted its services to support members’ needs. This included providing new COVID-19 insights and resources on flexible/remote working, wellbeing and mental health; transitioning all our events and programs to online, and reaching out to all our members to see how we could support them.

Partner with us on ground-breaking research and iconic events 3 December 2020

Sponsoring a research project or event in partnership with DCA is a valuable way for members to publicly demonstrate their organisational commitment to D&I to their employees, stakeholders, customers and clients. In 2021, DCA has three landmark industry research projects and an iconic event for which we are seeking partners via sponsorship. 

Research launch: Gari Yala (Speak the Truth) 17 November 2020

A new report, out today, from the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research and Diversity Council Australia is speaking truth to Australian employers about the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Navigating the return of staff to the workplace 10 November 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions are easing across Australia, how do organisations take a considered and strategic approach to bringing staff back to the workplace? Establishing a new normal that is strategic, inclusive and responsive is critical for any plans to recommence on-premises operations.

Research launch: Class at Work 27 October 2020

New research, just released from Diversity Council Australia (DCA), has found strong evidence that people from self-identified lower classes experience more exclusion, discrimination and harassment at work than people from higher classes.

Understanding Mental Health First Aid  9 October 2020

Normalising conversations at work about the ups and downs of life is a powerful first step for a workplace to recognise its employees as imperfect, fallible humans, says Joel Clapham, the Founder and Chief Mental Health Champ of Hearten Up, a program dedicated to mental health first aid and suicide prevention training.

Join From the Heart  25 September 2020

Australia is the only country in the world yet to formally recognise its Indigenous people in the form of a treaty or constitutional recognition, unlike our key allies such as Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Time for real action on racism   9 September 2020

An expression often heard within self-help circles is “the best project you will ever work on is you”. According to expert panellists at one of our most popular recent webinars, working on yourself is one of the answers to how Australian organisations can move beyond tokenism to real action on racism.

Wear it purple: We are the change   26 August 2020

The theme for this year’s Wear It Purple Day, to be held on 28th August is: ‘We are the Change’.  Beginning in 2010 as a youth response to global stories of bullying, harassment and suicides of rainbow young people, Wear It Purple Day has since transformed into an international movement celebrating rainbow young people and a mainstay in the D&I calendars of leading practice employers.

Neurodiversity, different not lesser than   21 August 2020

At the heart of the ‘neurodiversity’ movement, which advocates for the rights of neurodivergent people, is that ‘different’ does not equate to lesser than.
DCA CEO Lisa Annese spoke with Chris Varney, founder and CEO of the I CAN Network – an organisation that empowers people on the Autism spectrum – to better understand neurodiversity and get his unique perspectives as a leader with autism successfully employing 38 employees with autism.

The future of work is now   13 August 2020

What will our society and organisations look like post-COVID-19? As we heard at our recent Diversity Leadership webinar, the future of work is here now, and we must consciously choose the best of the pandemic experience in order to embed more inclusive and productive workplaces for all.   

A mental health pandemic   7 August 2020

It seems that just as we began to explore what our new normal post-COVID world might look like, a second wave of the pandemic in Victoria and sporadic outbreaks in other states have considerably derailed our plans for the welcome recovery phase. 

Are all your customers treated equally?   23 July 2020

Savvy organisations already reap the gains of leveraging the multitude of benefits and opportunities that diverse and inclusive workplaces can generate.  Although the terms ‘customer diversity’ or ‘customer inclusion’ are no longer new, for many organisations they represent unchartered territory and therefore untapped potential.

Owning our past to create a more equitable future 14 July 2020

The momentum generated by the US Black Lives Matter movement has seen Australian organisations question their own systemic inequalities. However, many feel they lack the capability to channel this energy into achieving real change respectfully, inclusively and confidently. 

Choosing the right path: The risks and opportunities for an inclusive recovery 3 July 2020

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has provided a disrupter to the status-quo. When we look back on this period in history, will we lament missed opportunities for positive and sustainable change? As we learnt in this week’s Diversity Leadership Program webinar, the pandemic and accompanying recession is disproportionately affecting some groups in our community and this is a cause for real concern.

COVID-19 Conversations - Planning for uncertain times 25 June 2020

In two new COVID Conversations, DCA CEO Lisa Annese speaks with Rachel Nicholls, Board member of engineering and design consultant Arup Australasia, and John Price, a Commissioner for corporate regulator Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), to discover how their organisations are going about the business of recovery and mapping the road ahead.

Capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences in the workplace 16 June 2020

DCA, along with the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, recently launched a nationwide survey to find out the truths about Indigenous Australians’ employment experiences in Australia. 

Happy Flexible Working Day - Let's make flexible working the new normal 10 June 2020

Research released today from the DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index has shown flexible work fuels performance and improves employee wellbeing and will be critical in ensuring an inclusive recovery post-COVID-19.

COVID-19 Conversations - Domestic and Family Violence and Lockdown 4 June 2020

One tragic consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown has been an increase in incidences of domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia. In this week’s COVID Conversation, Natasha Stott Despoja, founding Chair of Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, and DCA CEO Lisa Annese, examine the scourge of DFV in our society, and how organisations can make a difference. 

Commemorating National Reconciliation Week a little differently this year 28 May 2020

Ahead of NRW2020, DCA asked Karen Mundine Reconciliation Australia CEO, and Kate Russell, Director-Projects, Department of Regional NSW and DCA Board member, for their views on progress so far, and what still needs to be done to see a truly reconciled, equitable and just Australia. 

COVID-19 Conversations - revealing insights from a leading practice employer 21 May 2020

In the second of our ‘COVID Conversations’ with DCA members, Clare Harding, Chief Transformation Officer at Deloitte Australia explains how prior investment in planning for the virtual office has paid off, equipping them to scale up as the crisis unfolded.

Introducing DCA's new Flex 101 eLearning Program 13 May 2020

As Australia’s flexible working experts, DCA is excited to launch our Flex 101 eLearning program: the first in our upcoming series of online workplace learning and development resources. 

Have your say on counting culture in Australian workplaces 8 May 2020

DCA and the University of Sydney, with project sponsors City of Sydney and ASIC, invite you to share your views on the most inclusive and informative way for Australian organisations to measure and report on cultural diversity in their workforce and leadership teams.

COVID Conversations: Business leaders open up 27 April 2020

In the first of our series of ‘COVID Conversations’ with DCA members, Russell James, Head of Indigenous Affairs at Coles, shares his insights on how this iconic Australian retailer is adapting to the radically altered COVID-19 work environment.

Online Knowledge Programs are here! 6 April 2020

Our range of cutting-edge diversity and inclusion knowledge workshops can now be accessed online!

Understanding the experiences of culturally diverse LGBTQ talent 17 March 2020

DCA and Pride in Diversity have today released a joint report into the workplace inclusion experiences of culturally diverse LGBTQ workers.

Coronavirus and flexible working in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak 11 March 2020

Organisations are looking at how they can best respond to ensure business continuity as well as the safety of their staff and clients.

IWD 2020: Do we still really need workplace gender equality? 2 March 2020

This International Women’s Day, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is challenging the idea that workplaces no longer need to address gender equality.

DCA launches a new online destination for workplace diversity and inclusion 19 February 2020

DCA is excited to be launching Australia’s first online platform collaborating with a variety of service providers in the diversity and inclusion (D&I) space. The new Inclusion Directory Network is the only comprehensive directory of D&I service providers in Australia.

Message from Lisa Annese, DCA CEO - Proposed religious discrimination bills still need more work 5 February 2020

DCA strongly supports individuals being protected from discrimination and harassment because of their religious belief and we proactively support our members in creating workplaces where religious belief is afforded the same dignity and respect as other attributes of a person’s identity. However, we cannot support the Australian Government’s draft religious discrimination bills in its current form because of the risk to Australian businesses fostering inclusive cultures. 

Congratulations to Inclusive Employers 2019-2020 20 January 2020

2020 promises to be a busy year as DCA delivers a full program of fresh research, events and resources on diversity and inclusion. Many of our members are already working hard to create diverse and inclusive workplaces and we are delighted that a select number are eligible to be named an Inclusive Employer 2019-2020.

2019: The year that was 17 December 2019

2019 has been an incredible year for DCA. With membership now above the 600 organisations mark, we wanted to share with you what we’ve achieved – both for and with the community that we’re proud to call our members.

Religion and faith in Australia 9 December 2019 

What’s it like to be a believer in a society where nearly 30 per cent of Australians have no religious affiliation? And where those who do are often fair game for critique and debate? In this last episode of The Art of Inclusion our storytellers – activist and DCA Director Mariam Veiszadeh, and lawyer Daniel Wakim – talk about their respective faiths, Islam and Christianity.

Latest Inclusion@Work Index Report 5 December 2019

The 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,000 Australian workers and clearly identifies the benefits of inclusion, and the need for Australian companies to put words into action and invest in creating inclusive places to work.

Supporting the Uluru Statement 25 November 2019

DCA has officially announced its support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart campaign to secure constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This coincides with the release of a podcast episode featuring Ann Sherry, Chairman of Carnival, and Thomas Mayor, a leading voice for recognition.

Shared care and the parental leave revolution 18 November 2019

Shared care models are being rolled out in some of Australia’s top companies, flipping the script that men are the breadwinners and women are the caregivers. In the latest episode of The Art of Inclusion, we see what best practice looks like from both the employer’s and the employee’s perspective.

Neurodiversity and the workplace 11 November 2019

Everybody’s brains are wired differently, and there exists no real “normal”. The idea of different, not less, is at the core of the neurodiversity movement. That’s the narrative at the heart of the fourth instalment of The Art of Inclusion podcast.

Dealing with death & illness 4 November 2019

We all grieve differently. Some people are very public about their experience of loss and actively seek out the support of family, friends and colleagues. While others are much more private. It’s about providing a space for both options. Hear from the experts on the cost of not tackling a subject that affects everyone at some point in their working lives.

Backlash is good for diversity and inclusion 30 October 2019

The 2018 DCA Annual Diversity Debate recognised that a degree of resistance to change would is inevitable. Victory went to affirmative team arguing we need not fear backlash, but rather embrace it as a tool to help change hearts and minds.

Domestic violence through an LGBTIQ+ lens 21 October 2019

How does intimate partner violence play out in same-sex and LGBTIQ+ relationships? What differences are there, and more importantly, how can Australia’s employers put safety strategies in place that address domestic violence for LGBTIQ+ employees, and indeed their wider workforce? Learn more in The Art of Inclusion Season 2 Episode 2.

Sorry Business 14 October 2019

Further understanding of Sorry Business is urgently needed in Australian workplaces. Insight and understanding of the cultural protocols that exist for death when it takes place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities could help employers support their Indigenous employees as they go through one of their communities’ greatest challenges.