Enews - Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is DCA's regular enews. This free update highlights our latest work, as well as many key issues, resources, events and dates. Generally sent fortnightly, it is sometimes issued weekly when activity around diversity and inclusion demands added attention. Sign up to get all the latest from DCA.

Check out some of our past editions:

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.