COVID-19, Flexibility & Inclusion

Events with a significant impact on Australian business, such as the COVID-19 outbreak have highlighted the need for organisations to pivot to flexible work at short notice whilst still achieving business goals.

However, it is important for organisations to consider inclusion as a key aspect of their work practice, whether working from an office, a site or remotely.

Please note: The following resources are regularly updated and new information may be added from time to time.

News

COVID-19 is exacerbating existing inequalities and will widen the gender pay gap

Media releases

As we prepare to mark Equal Pay Day on 28 August, Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is calling for a renewed focus on the gender pay gap as COVID-19 exacerbates inequalities for women.

Flexible Working Day 2020: Let’s make flexible work the new normal

Media releases

Research released today from the DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index has shown flexible work fuels performance and improves employee wellbeing and will be critical in ensuring an inclusive recovery post COVID-19.

DCA flex resources for Coronavirus

News articles

The DCA team is working hard to continue to provide members with the services they've come to expect, with special resources and events on flex for COVID-19

Perspectives

Working from home: fluke or a permanent feature?

Blog

Love working from home? Here's what you need to know to keep making it work...

Why we need diversity and inclusion now, more than ever

A group of diverse people's hands on a table
Blog

Inclusion isn’t just a nice to have. There is a recognition that the principles of inclusion – respect, connection, progressing and contributing – are essential in responding to the immediate challenges, and planning for the future.

COVID Conversations: Arup Australasia and ASIC

Q&A

In two new COVID Conversations, DCA CEO Lisa Annese speaks with Rachel Nicholls, Board member of engineering and design consultant Arup Australasia, and John Price, a Commissioner for corporate regulator ASIC, to discover how their organisations are going about the business of recovery

Webcasts from past events

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31 Mar 2021

Inclusion at work occurs when a diversity of people (e.g. of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders) feel valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to improve their organisation.

18 Feb 2021

Affordable and accessible childcare/early childhood education is a key enabler for women's workforce participation, and yet many women and families struggle with the cost and finding vacancies to suit their needs. What’s more, early childhood educators, most of whom are women, are amongst some of the lowest paid in the country. So what can be done to improve the system for children and their families as well as for workers?