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New research from DCA explores the impact that workplace inclusion has on mental health.
Where do the major parties stand on D&I? 16 May 2022
Each Federal Election, Diversity Council Australia writes to both major parties to ask them to respond to a series of questions, based on DCA’s own research, about where they stand on key issues of diversity and inclusion affecting Australian workplaces.
Perspectives on Mother's Day 6 May 2022
Read our blog to hear what Mother's Day means to a range of different families – from rainbow families, bereaved families, and childless families – and how we can all be inclusive at this time.
Activate for Uluru 13 April 2022
With a federal election looming, Dean Parkin, Director, From the Heart, shared with us his views on why after 15 years of promises made to Indigenous people for a referendum on constitutional recognition, now is the time for those promises to be delivered.
DCA's Inclusive Employers Index to run annually 31 March 2022
Are you looking to profile your organisation as an Inclusive Employer? If you missed out on joining the Index last year, now is your chance to discover in-depth diversity and inclusion metrics on your organisation and benchmark it against others within the Australian workforce.
In response to the global push for racial justice in 2020, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) studied how businesses can effectively address racism in Australian workplaces.
The resulting report, Racism at Work, is an evidence-based organisational framework for anti-racism action to help Australian businesses.
Happy International Women's Day 8 March 2022
March 8 is International Women's Day and this year’s theme is "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow".
AI in recruitment: Friend or foe? 2 March 2022
DCA has partnered with Hudson RPO and Monash University to research the impact of unconscious bias on recruitment and selection decisions using AI and offer interventions to minimise or remove the influence of unconscious bias in recruitment.
Celebrating linguistic diversity 21 February 2022
To acknowledge and mark International Mother Language Day, five DCA staff generously shared their stories of how multilingualism has shaped their lives.
How women and girls are transforming STEM 11 February 2022
To mark, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science, shares with DCA a special profile of four outstanding women within STEM.
More conscious and effective inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues 21 January 2022
We introduce case studies for more effective inclusion. Ahead of January 26, the edition focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allyship.
Three D&I resolutions for 2022 11 January 2022
In our first Inclusion Matters of 2022, we propose three D&I new year’s resolutions that will allow your organisation to continue to thrive as we work and live through unprecedented times.
End of year message from our CEO 20 December 2021
An end of year message from DCA's CEO Lisa Annese, addressing what has been a tumultuous year for businesses, as they face the ongoing fallout from the pandemic.
What you can do to address family & domestic violence 25 November 2021
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Use our resource Myth Busting Domestic & Family Violence at Work to lead the prevention of domestic and family violence in Australian workplaces.
Your ultimate D&I eLearning solution 11 November 2021
We are excited to officially launch D&I 101, DCA’s brand-new eLearning program designed to provide your workforce with the essential diversity and inclusion knowledge needed to make your workplace a safer, respectful, more effective, and overall better place to work.
Share your views on improving gender equality in Australia 3 November 2021
DCA is making a submission on the review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. And we need your input to help inform our submission.
Reporting - key to addressing gender pay gap 27 October 2021
Gender Pay Gap Reporting in Australia: Time for an upgrade, is an Australian-centric companion report to Bridging the gap? An analysis of gender pay gap reporting in six countries provides a detailed examination of Australia’s current gender pay gap reporting arrangements and how they can, and should, be improved upon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
DCA and Pride in Diversity have today released a joint report into the workplace inclusion experiences of culturally diverse LGBTQ workers.
Organisations are looking at how they can best respond to ensure business continuity as well as the safety of their staff and clients.
This International Women’s Day, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is challenging the idea that workplaces no longer need to address gender equality.
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.