Inclusion

Beyond Diversity Towards Inclusion

Inclusion 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.

Inclusion is associated with:

  • Value and Respect
  • Belonging and Connection
  • Participation and Contribution
  • Influence
  • Opportunity
  • Group Dynamics
  • Societal Dynamics

Creating an inclusive workplace is fundamental to maximising diversity and creating successful organisations in today’s complex global environment. DCA has developed a number of resources to help improve inclusive practice and thus lift productivity and innovation.

DCA Research

Inclusion@Work Index

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce

The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 is a landmark study, providing the first-ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to the age, cultural background, disability status, gender, Indigenous background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity of workers.

WordsAtWork - Building inclusion through the power of language

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DCA has developed a new Words At Work campaign for workplaces to show how inclusive language can improve workplace culture and drive productivity.

Building Inclusion - An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership

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DCA’s new study, Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership sheds valuable light on the need for inclusive leadership and what it takes build more inclusive leaders.

Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Australia

Despite the well-known business benefits of D&I, many Australian organisations do not adequately resource their D&I function or put in place measureable goals or accountabilities for their D&I activities.

The Diversity & Inclusion Study

The study surveyed more than 100 diversity managers and human resources leaders in Australia and New Zealand to learn the profile of diversity functions within organisations and the professionals leading and implementing diversity strategy.

Other Research

Algorithmic Bias? An Empirical Study into Apparent Gender-Based Discrimination in the Display of STEM Career Ads

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Despite explicit intentions to be gender neutral, a Facebook ad for STEM careers was shown more often to men than women, potentially due to economic forces and competition among advertisers

Mckinsey (2017) Delivering through diversity

This report from McKinsey research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.

Cloverpop: Hacking Diversity with Inclusive Decision Making (2017)

Diverse teams make better business decisions 87 percent of the time

Teams outperform individual decision makers 66% of the time, and decision making improves as team diversity increases.

Case Studies

NAB’s Accessibility Action Plan (2017-2018)

People Matter

The 2017 – 2018 AAP lays out NAB’s commitments to its customers, people and community, and was created in consultation with community groups such as the Australian Network on Disability.

NAB's Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program

Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership Program

NAB has led the development of the EIELP, a program that has shown Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander employees that their Indigenous culture has many things to offer the boardroom.

News

DCA's new podcast now available

The Art of Inclusion. A podcast series by Diversity Council Australia
News articles

DCA's podcast 'The Art of Inclusion' is now available. Download and listen to the first episode which flips the script on ‘African gangs’ and race, and asks: how can we all do cultural diversity better?

Inclusion Nudges: A snapshot

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News articles

At a recent Gender Equality Network event DCA’s Research Director, Dr Jane O'Leary, delivered an evidence-based overview of inclusion nudges – highlighting what they are, why they’re important, and providing examples of how it works.

Lest we forget

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News articles

In 2018, Army veterans continue to serve their country and they continue to live with the experiences of their sacrifice. Many face challenges returning to civilian life, employment and full physical and mental health.

Perspectives

The Art of Inclusion: Podcast Preview

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Podcasts

Listen to a snapshot of the upcoming podcast series.

Airport lounges as a metaphor for diversity and leadership ...

Blog

Lisa Annese reflects on how airport lounges reflect the lack of diversity in leadership in Australia.

Refugee talent: something to think about the next time you hire

Blog

In Australia, 30 per cent of our refugee intake comes from highly-skilled professions and trades. Yet many of them fail to get their training and certification recognised ...

Coming events

Hosted by Anglo American Metallurgical Coal
25 Oct 2018

DCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Annese, is delighted to come to Brisbane to provide members with insights on two of DCA’s ground breaking-research projects.

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
20 Nov 2018

Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, our Annual Diversity Debate once again promises to be the diversity event of the year as two teams argue the pros and cons of bringing your whole self to work.

Webcasts from past events

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
24 Oct 2017

Does a focus on identity help or hinder diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, our Annual Diversity Debate once again promises to be the diversity event of the year as two teams tackle this critical issue from a number of perspectives.

Sponsored by HSBC Australia
20 Sep 2017

The idea that our thinking is shaped by our culture, background, experiences, and personalities is core to the concept of diverse thought and at our next Diversity Leadership Program event, we will take a critical look at diversity of thought.