DCA works in partnership with members to generate ground breaking diversity research that enables Australian organisations to fully leverage the benefits of a diverse talent pool. 

Only DCA members can access the research reports in full. Summary information only is available to the general public.

  • DCA research is grounded in the contributions of people with lived experience. DCA projects use expert panels, focus groups, think tanks and surveys to make people with lived experience central to the project findings.
  • DCA research is ahead of the curve. It establishes leading diversity thinking and practice, enabling Australian organisations to re-imagine and reconfigure the way they manage talent in today’s dynamic operating environments.
  • DCA research drives business improvement. It is high impact, driving business improvement through providing evidence-based guidance on how to fully leverage the benefits of a diverse talent pool.
  • DCA research is practice focused. It responds to the information needs of industry leaders and the people they employ. 
  • DCA research speaks to the Australian context. DCA projects generate leading diversity thinking and practice that speaks to Australia’s unique and distinctive institutional, cultural and legal frameworks.
  • DCA research considers all diversity dimensions. The full spectrum of diversity dimensions are investigated including age, caring responsibilities, cultural and religious diversity, disability, Indigeneity, sexual orientation, and work organisation.

To view DCA's flagship research projects underway or completed, see below:

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth) Gendered Insights

A gendered look at the Gari Yala dataset.

Inclusion@Work Index: Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the state of flex in the Australian workforce

A special edition report of DCA’s Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022 titled Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce highlights a positive link between flexible work and workplace inclusion and shows that the stigma around care, gender and flexible work continues.

Racism at Work (coming soon)

Racism at Work. Photo/Samuel Regan Asante

In response to the global conversation around race that unfolded in 2020, and the resultant growing calls for organisations to do better when it comes to confronting racism, DCA is undertaking research to understand how Australian organisations can most effectively address racism at work.

Counting Culture 2021

Counting Culture report image with DCA and University of Sydney Business School logo with text 'TOWARDS A STANDARDISED APPROACH TO MEASURING AND REPORTING ON WORKFORCE CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA.'

This research from DCA and the University of Sydney Business School has developed a standardised approach for defining, measuring, and reporting on workforce cultural diversity in a respectful, accurate and inclusive way.

D&I 101 - Collecting Diversity Data

D&I 101: Conducting a Diversity Survey - with speech bubble for different diversity dimensions including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islnder Peoples, Carers, Disbility, Age, Multicultural including Religion & Gender/LGBTIQ+

DCA's Guide to Conducting a Diversity Survey - How to ask your employees about their diversity.

Myth Busting Domestic & Family Violence at Work

Myth Busting Domestic and Family Violence by Diversity Council Australia and Our Watch

This resource uses evidence to tackle some common myths about domestic and family violence, and provides tools and resources for Australian organisations to become leaders in prevention.

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth): Centreing the experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians at work

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth)

New research 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.

Class at Work

Class at Work  - Does social class make a difference in the land of fair go?

New research 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.

Intersections at Work

Intersections report cover image

Pride in Diversity and DCA joined forces on this project as their respective research on LGBTQ workplace inclusion had revealed that culturally diverse LGBTQ workers had unique workplace experiences that warranted deeper investigation.

In 2020, Do We Still Really Need Workplace Gender Equality?

Symbol of man and women in a circle

It’s been over 100 years since the first IWD and we’ve come a long way in creating gender equality – but we still have a long way to go. In 2020, gender inequalities continue to limit the ability of both men and women to be respected and to contribute at work and at home.

Inclusion@Work Index 2019-2020

DCA 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index - Mapping the state of inclusion in the ustralian workforce

How inclusive are Australian workplaces for a diversity of employees, and how has this changed over time? What impact does inclusion have on performance and wellbeing? The 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,000 Australian workers to find out.

She's Price(d)less - 2019 update report

She's Priced Less: The economics of the gender pay gap. Logos for KPMG, Diversity Council Australia and Workplace Gender Equality Agency

She’s Price(d)less is the third in a series of reports that uses econometric modelling applied to data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to unpack the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap.

Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces

Creating Inclusive MultiFaith Workplaces - Large number of circles with icons representing different faiths and religions

This resource provides guidance to Australian workplaces about how to deal with a range of common faith-related queries, and also to provide workplaces with principles to help balance issues where conflicting rights might intersect.

Change At Work

Change at Work cover pic

For well over thirty years, initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) have been a priority for organisations – but are the plethora of D&I initiatives actually creating the organisational change they aspire to?

Let’s Share the Care

Image from report cover with mini seesaw with piles of coins and blocks with female and male symbols on each end.  The female end has a bigger weight and is therefore down while the male block is elevated due to the lighter weight.

DCA's Let’s Share the Care at Home and Work report, timed to coincide with Mother’s Day on 12 May 2019, is a call to action to end the gender pay gap by enabling women and men in Australian families to ‘share the care’ more equitably.

Counting Culture

Counting Culture - Six principles for Measuring the Cultural Diversity of your Workplace

This practical guide is designed to assist Australian business map the cultural diversity of their workforce.

Myth Busting Sexual Harassment at Work

Myth busting sexual harassment at work

Using evidence to debunk myths and assumptions around sexual harassment in the workplace.

Out at Work: From Prejudice to Pride

Out At Work From Prejudice to Pride

In conjunction with RMIT University, DCA presents the evidence about what it means for LGBTIQ+ employees to be out at work and guidelines as to what organisations can do to make everyone feel included.

Myth Busting Flexibility

The future of work demands flexibility in the way individuals, teams, and organisations work. This DCA guide draws on research to debunk some of the more common myths and inaccurate assumptions about workplace flexibility.

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling

Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling: Future proofing your business in the 21st century

DCA's latest report explores why so few culturally diverse females reach top leadership positions in Australia and what organisations can do to better recognise the skill and ambition of culturally diverse female talent.

Engaging men on gender equality

There is heightened interest in engaging men in the gender equality process. Drawing on the latest evidence and experience, this landmark report offers a set of recommendations for how organisations can engage men effectively to achieve gender equality at work.

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce. Sponsored by Suncorp

The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 is a landmark study, providing the first-ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to the age, cultural background, disability status, gender, Indigenous background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity of workers.

Future-Flex

Future-Flex Both Covers

Future-Flex is a new way of thinking about workplace flexibility and is about more than just accommodating an individual’s needs – it is about re-designing work at a team or organisation level to maximise performance and wellbeing.

Future-Flex - Mainstreaming Flexibility By Team Design

Future-Flex Teams Guide

Through this project DCA aims to assist organisations by providing practical guidance for managers, teams, and individuals on how to mainstream workplace flexibility through team design.

Capitalising on Culture and Gender in ASX leadership

Capitalising on culture and gender in leadership report cover image (decorative purposes)

In this landmark research, Diversity Council Australia and Deakin University, with the financial support of CPA Australia, tracked the extent of cultural diversity among women in leadership in ASX companies from 2004 to 2015.

Leading in the Asian Century: A National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability

Asia Capability report cover

In ground breaking research, DCA has generated the first ever National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability.

WordsAtWork - Building inclusion through the power of language

Words at Work report image

DCA has developed a new Words At Work campaign for workplaces to show how inclusive language can improve workplace culture and drive productivity.

Building Inclusion - An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership

Building inclusion report cover

DCA’s new study, Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership sheds valuable light on the need for inclusive leadership and what it takes build more inclusive leaders.

Future-Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility By Design (Retail Guide)

Future-Flex Retail Guide

Future-Flex is a new DCA initiative comprising evidence-based practical guidelines for HR and diversity practitioners and managers and team leaders, on how to implement and mainstream flexible work through job and work (re)design.

The Economics of the Gender Pay Gap

KPMG report cover

Recent public debate reveals widespread lack of community understanding about pay equity – what it is, why it exists, and what can be done to address it – as well as a tendency to minimise or explain away the gender pay gap in Australia through reference to ‘women’s choices.’

Cracking the Cultural Ceiling

Cracking the Cultural Ceiling

People from Asian backgrounds are well represented in entry level and mid-level jobs in Australian business, yet they are significantly under-represented in leadership roles, representing an enormous waste of talent, according to DCA's research launched August 2014.