Leading Practice Principles – Faith in the Workplace

In multi-faith contemporary Australia, customers, clients and employees are increasingly expecting products, services, and workplaces to be inclusive of faith-related perspectives.

From Legal Accommodation to Inclusion

We want to elevate the conversations that we have each day so they respect and include all. 

INCLUSION is a higher aspiration than simply meeting the legal requirements to accommodate people of faith (or no faith) at work.

Inclusion in a workplace is achieved when a diversity of people (e.g. ages, cultural backgrounds, genders, perspectives) feel that they are:

  • RESPECTED for who they are and able to be themselves;
  • CONNECTED to their colleagues and feel they belong;
  • CONTRIBUTING their perspectives and talents to the workplace; and
  • PROGRESSING in their career at work (i.e. have equal access to opportunities and resources).

Creating Inclusive Multi-faith Workplaces

Creating Inclusive Multi-faith Workplaces is a resource for DCA members to help workplaces move away from simply ‘accommodating’ the needs of their multi-faith employees, towards making workplaces inclusive for everyone in Australia’s increasingly religiously diverse workplaces.

The resource is designed to provide 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. This includes information on: 

  • Inclusive multi-faith language;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Spiritualities;
  • Inclusive data collection;
  • Inclusive dress;
  • Inclusive leave;
  • Inclusive events and celebrations; and
  • Inclusive spaces.

Click here to access our research on Creating Inclusive Multi-faith Workplaces.