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.

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 performance and wellbeing.

DCA Research

Change At Work

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For well over thirty years, initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) have been a priority for organisations – but are the plethora of D&I initiatives actually creating the organisational change they aspire to?

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce. Sponsored by Suncorp

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

University of Sydney Business School in conjunction with Diversity Council Australia and AHRI - Map of Australia filled with small human figures. Benchmarking Diversity & Inclusion Practice 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

Making the most of the skills and experience of migrants and refugees

This report explores the economic and social imperative for better utilisation of skills and experience of migrants and refugees in Queensland, what is getting in our way, and how we might move forward to reap the benefits.

Birthplaces, languages, ancestries and religions of Australian CEOs

Why do men born in the USA, UK or Canada have a greater chance of becoming an Australian CEO than those who are locally born?

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

Backlash: is it good for diversity and inclusion (D&I)?

Media releases

The 2019 Diversity Council Australia and MLC Life Insurance Debate will ask: Is backlash good for diversity and inclusion?

Proposed Religious Freedom Laws will be impossible for Employers

Media releases

The Australian Government’s proposed legislative reforms on religious freedom could stop Australian businesses fostering inclusive cultures and erode any hard-won benefits organisations have derived from inclusion.

Speaking the truth about Indigenous experiences in the workplace

Media releases

UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research and DCA are proud to announce their latest partnership, ‘Gari Yala,’ a biennial national survey about the firsthand employment experiences of Indigenous Australians.

Perspectives

Thinking outside the box

The Art of Inclusion: Thinking outside the box- Neurodiversity and autism at work
Podcasts

What exactly is neurodiversity, and how can we improve workplace design to accommodate it and help neurodiverse employees thrive? Find out on the latest episode of DCA’s podcast.

At a loss

The Art of Inclusion: At a loss- dealing with and illness death  - Many candles flickering
Podcasts

In episode 3 of the second series of our podcasts we have an important and open conversation about illness and bereavement at work.

Coming events

Sponsored by Suncorp
05 Dec 2019

What are the experiences of Australian workers when it comes to inclusion? Find out when we launch the second Inclusion at Work Index which maps and tracks inclusion in Australian workplaces.

Webcasts from past events

29 Oct 2019

Is backlash good for diversity and inclusion? This is the question moderator Tony Jones posed at this year's DCA & MLC LIfe Insurance Annual Diversity Debate.

22 Jul 2019

How effective are D&I initiatives in achieving change? We found out at the launch of Change At Work.