How universities can change the course

BLOG: Kate Jenkins Sex Discrimination Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission

On 1 August 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a landmark report on university students’ experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins share some of the insights and recommendations in this guest blog for DCA.

Same-sex marriage: My family isn't a threat, but the postal vote is a threat to us


DCA's Policy & Research Manager Cathy Brown recently highlighted the harm a postal vote campaign can cause by sharing her own story.

Millennials, Avocados and Workplace Values

Karla Dunbar Acting Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO/ Operations & Support Assistant  Diversity Council Australia

As we approach International Youth Day on August 12, DCA's youngest team member, Karla Dunbar, shares her thoughts on being a millennial in today's and tomorrow's workforce.

Senate inquiry into citizenship law changes


DCA made a submission in July 2017 to the Senate's inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill, highlighting the potential impact proposed changes could have on Australian business .

Beware the female Doctor Who dares to challenge the status quo.


BBC's announcement of a female Dr Who has ruffled feathers but as DCA CEO Lisa Annese explains, this is indicative of the discomfort that those who benefit from maintaining the status quo feel when women take on roles traditionally held by men.

A new approach is needed to engage men on gender equality

Lisa Annese's photo

It’s not enough for men to say they care about gender equality. They have to be committed to making personal change – not just in their professional lives but also in their private lives.

Transphobia and a life lived on the fringe


As Australians, we pride ourselves on giving everyone a fair go. But how inclusive as a society are we really? Not at all, if you're a transgender person like my friend Nadine.

Homophobia is harmful to workers and businesses


DCA's own Cathy Brown has teamed with RMIT's Raymond Trau to look at the consequences of workplace environments where employees choose to hide their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status for fear being “out” could damage their careers.

You're entitled to your opinion, unless it's not based on fact

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Opinion pieces

We must have the courage to call out racism when we see it.

The power of sponsorship

Diana Ryall Founder and Managing Director Xplore for Success

Unlike mentoring where you are simply asking for some time and an opportunity to share ideas, a sponsor needs to have the confidence in you and your skills to represent you when you are not there. Such a relationship takes time to build.

Submission regarding the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016


DCA opposes proposed changes to the Government-funded Paid Parental Leave scheme and has outlined this in a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee currently reviewing the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016.

Gender segregation in the workplace inquiry


What is your organisation doing to reduce the gender pay gap? DCA is preparing a submission for the Inquiry into gender segregation in the workplace and women's economic equality and is seeking your views and experience.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner National Consultations


Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, is conducting national consultations to guide development of his priorities. DCA is seeking case studies of programs and initiatives which can be built upon to achieve greater systemic change.

More than ever, Australians must work together to create an inclusive society

Lisa Annese photo
Opinion pieces

From advertising to workplaces, in 2017, let’s endeavour to recognise the enormous opportunity that diversity offers all of us.

Why I marched

Lisa Annese DCA CEO - Why I March

Last weekend, I joined thousands of other women in Sydney to march in the Women’s March, Sydney. I did this not only to show solidarity with other citizens of the world but because I believe, when it comes to issues around gender equality, we still have a long way to go in Australia.

Submission on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (same-sex marriage) Bill


DCA made a submission to Senate Select Committee reviewing exemptions proposed in a Bill which would legalise marriage equality in Australia.

Robots aren't racist

Cathy Brown, Policy & Research Manager, DCA

While jobs across the economy are becoming redundant as automated systems and artificial intelligence take over, Cathy Brown, DCA's Policy & Research Manager notes that robots are not sexist, racist or homophobic, it’s the people who program them.

Facing Up to the Realities of Domestic and Family Violence in the Workplace

Lisa Annese
Opinion pieces

Workplaces can make a difference on many levels if they face up to their responsibilities in the quest to reduce family and domestic violence.

Freedom of Speech in Australia Inquiry


DCA's submission to the Freedom of Speech in Australia Inquiry arguing against changes to the Racial Discrimination Act is based on feedback from our member organisations.

Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

Position statements

DCA doesn't believe there is a need to change the Racial Discrimination Act.