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

Why we need diversity and inclusion now, more than ever

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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

COVID Conversations: Natasha Stott Despoja

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Q&A

Natasha Stott Despoja, founding Chair of Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, and DCA CEO Lisa Annese, examine the scourge of domestic and family violence in our society, and how organisations can make a difference.

Coming events

05 Oct 2021

COVID-19 has had a severe effect on workplace opportunities for many but for younger and older people in particular. At this event, we will investigate the impacts and consider how workplaces can ensure they attract and retain talent across all ages.

Webcasts from past events

06 Aug 2020

Post COVID-19, many workplaces are thinking about how they are going to organise and structure their work practices moving forward. Not since post war time have organisations had such an opportunity to revolutionise the way workplaces conduct their business.

15 Jul 2020

At this webinar we looked at the impact of COVID-19 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from a health and economic perspective and we explored the impacts that its having on Indigenous people in their workplaces.