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Aiming high on D&I at the Summit

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At DCA we are calling the Jobs and Skills summit the D&I Summit, because D&I sits at the core of the priorities.

Australia’s gender pay gap is costing our economy billions, but the solutions are obvious

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The fourth edition of the She's Price(d)less: The economics of the gender pay gap report from KPMG, Diversity Council Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency estimates the national pay gap at $966m a week or $51.8b a year.

Why Australia’s business community needs a standardised approach to measuring cultural diversity

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Australian businesses have an opportunity to measure and report on cultural diversity more meaningfully to reflect the sentiment shared by ethnically diverse communities and better inform how governments, employers, and services represent and respond to people’s diverse needs.

Why small-business owners should invest in mental health at work

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Running a small business can be as rewarding as it is challenging, but there is something else we must consider when business is going well or needs some problem solving, and that’s how well business owners are taking care of mental health.

Land of the ‘fair go’? It’s a myth that is lulling us from the impact of reality

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The assumption that Australia is the land of the ‘fair go’, a classless society of equals, is deeply ingrained in our national psyche. Yet, class is something we rarely talk about.

The new parliament must address paid parental leave

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Australia’s paid parental leave policy no longer meets the diverse needs of many families. We call on the next parliament to move towards six months of gender-neutral paid parental leave to encourage shared care by both parents.

Walk the talk: The blueprint Australian business leaders need to tackle our mental health crisis

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A new study by Diversity Council Australia shows mental health in Australian workplaces is a tale of two halves: senior executives are finding ways to cope with mental health challenges, while their fellow employees in entry level and non-managerial positions are finding it harder.

Flexibility a powerful tool for employers facing office return reluctance

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Hundreds of thousands of Australians are looking for more meaningful work or a better life balance – and savvy employers can reap the benefits of a flexible approach.

We need to talk about racism at work

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In not naming racism, particularly at work, many Australians continue to endure it from organisations and individuals in their daily working lives.

Why inclusion at work will help Australian businesses survive the great resignation

Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022
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Diversity Council Australia’s new research shows that inclusion may be exactly what Australia needs to safeguard our economy, our national prosperity, and indeed our ability to thrive in the challenging times ahead.

Vaccination objections: Not a diversity and inclusion issue

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Some people have gone so far as to suggest that workplace policies that ask people to be vaccinated before they return to the office are a form of discrimination against the unvaccinated. And it’s this claim that I think we need to address, and to explain why this is not the case.

Want to end sexual harassment? Then be proactive – not reactive

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Based on our work with DCA members over many years, we believe that a positive duty will focus employers on actions that will lead to more respectful and inclusive workplace cultures and this will significantly benefit their business.

Workplaces – a key chapter in improving the stories of Australian Muslims

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Workplace-driven solutions are key to improving the stories of Australian Muslims.

Why businesses can lead on the domestic violence crisis

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Why business has a role to play when it comes to eradicating gendered violence.

An open letter to Trumpists: progress and inclusion are the only way to stop the chaos in 2021

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Political unrest in the US, compounded by the raging pandemic, has ensured that 2021’s coverage has been plagued by many of the same words that dominated headlines last year: Protest. Tribalism. Fear.

Class has the strongest link to inclusion at work, so why aren’t we talking about it?

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According to DCA's CEO, Lisa Annese, we need to measure class, so we can understand how class impacts our experiences of work and why. And we need to ensure that organisational initiatives reach and positively impact people from all classes.

This International Women’s Day, let’s challenge stubborn social norms

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This International Women’s Day, DCA wants to challenge all gender inequalities, and the stubborn social norms that restrict all of us based on our gender.

We need to develop a more nuanced understanding of cultural diversity

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Cultural diversity is more than just how a census data point defines you, and it’s more than just your race or ethnicity – it is also about the way someone else defines you, and how you identify, with all the complexity that entails.

What would be good for mothers is closing the pay gap faster

Happy Mothers' Day Opinion piece by Lisa Annese with imagery from the Share the Care report cover
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Mother’s Day is an apt time to recognise mothering. But the load of mothering doesn’t just happen on one day every year. It’s ongoing. And we need to look at what that means for women’s lives and careers, says DCA CEO, Lisa Annese.

Counting Culture: It’s about more than asking “Where are you from?”

Catherine@dca.org.au
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Australia boasts one of the most multicultural populations in the world. But after almost five decades of multiculturalism we still don’t have clarity around what cultural diversity is and therefore how to best measure and report on this cultural diversity.

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