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 [email protected] Index has shown flexible work fuels performance and improves employee wellbeing and will be critical in ensuring an inclusive recovery post COVID-19.

Perspectives

Supporting employees with long COVID to return to work

Blog

Rehab Management, a leading corporate health provider, has been working closely with its customers to research the ongoing impacts of long COVID, particularly from a return-to-work perspective. They outline some of the challenges employees face in returning to work.

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.

Webcasts from past events

28 Jun 2022

As we return to COVID-normal, are we in danger of creating a two-class system where those who return to face-to-face work leave behind those who continue to work virtually?

28 Apr 2022

There are over seven million families in Australia, and they come in all shapes and sizes such as couples with and without children, including same-sex couples, couples with dependants, single mothers or fathers with children, divorced/blended families, relatives who take on caring duties such as aunts, uncles, grandparents and siblings living together.