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.

Perspectives

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

Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022
Opinion pieces

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.

Childlessness – the unspoken workplace inclusion issue

Empty photo frame. Photo/Unsplash
Blog

As workplaces become more inclusive and family-friendly, there is still a very large group of people who remain unseen.

Vaccination objections: Not a diversity and inclusion issue

Opinion pieces

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.

Webcasts from past events

06 Oct 2021

At this Gender Equality Network we will look at the uptake of parental leave by men, why it’s important for gender equality and how employers can make it easier for men to participate.

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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.