Research Launch: Class at Work


The notion of Australia being the land of the ‘fair go’ is deeply ingrained in Australia’s national psyche, but do we really all have the same opportunities? Does class at work make a difference to workplace inclusion?

Over the last thirty years, researchers and diversity and inclusion practitioners have begun to challenge inequalities in workplaces through D&I initiatives and programs for a range of diverse groups.

At this event, we unveiled DCA’s Australian-first research Class at Work which has uncovered powerful findings into how class impacts on Australian workers experiences of inclusion and exclusion at work, and why class at work is important for organisations to consider. 

Insights included:

  • What class is and why it is important for organisations
  • Inclusion and exclusion at work through a class lens
  • The impact of class on performance and wellbeing
  • Class and intersectionality
  • Recommendations for diversity and inclusion practice.

Our report was presented by DCA’s Research Director Dr Jane O’Leary and our panel helped us further explore why class is something that we can no longer afford to ignore, especially as class differences have likely been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Our panel included:

  1. Dr Olivia Evans, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University and report co-author
  2. Robert Considine, Manager, Waterways & Land Delivery Works Execution, Melbourne Water
  3. Charlotte Dring, Project Lead, Beyond Whitehall Project, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in the UK
  4. Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and
  5. Chris Lamb, Deputy Commissioner, NSW Public Service Commission.

Event Reviews

‘That was a wonderful session- surprising results and excellent panel discussion, all expertly facilitated.  Thank you and DCA for sharing these important research findings. I’m looking forward to learning more about your research so I’ll be following DCA.’  Chrstina Scott-Young, RMIT

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