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

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

Words at Work report image

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

Building inclusion report cover

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

Why Australia needs a Bill of Rights

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at the lecturn
News articles

Delivering DCA’s third Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity & Inclusion, sponsored by Telstra, Retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, called for the introduction of a Bill of Rights to ensure legally protected equality for all.

Is it time for Australia to embrace a Bill of Rights to enshrine equality for all?

Media releases

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG delivers Diversity Council Australia’s third Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by Telstra.

Mapping cultural diversity good for business – Harmony Day report

Media releases

This Harmony Day, DCA and The University of Sydney Business School are launching a ground-breaking report which highlights how business can access the benefits that flow from mapping cultural diversity in the workplace.

Perspectives

Counting Culture: It’s about more than asking “Where are you from?”

Catherine@dca.org.au
Opinion pieces

Australia boasts one of the most multicultural populations in the world. But after almost five decades of multiculturalism we still don’t have clarity around what cultural diversity is and therefore how to best measure and report on this cultural diversity.

Looking at the workplace through a neurodiverse lens

Blog

Neurodiverse people bring different perspectives to work. Here is just one of them ...

Video: Ming Long on why leaders need to fear difference less

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Blog

DCA board member Ming Long talks about her passion for diversity and inclusion, and explains why leaders need to fear difference less.

Coming events

22 Jul 2019

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

Hosted by P&N Bank
25 Jul 2019

DCA is delighted to offer our Perth based organisations the opportunity to participate in our new Out at Work Knowledge Program which is designed to assist workplaces to become more inclusive of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and other terms that people identify with) employees.

Webcasts from past events

Hosted by Twitter Australia
06 Jun 2019

At this Diversity Leadership Program event hosted by Twitter in Sydney, we discussed how inclusion should be a key factor in the development and use of technologies.

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
20 Nov 2018

Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, the 2018 Annual Diversity Debate was a fabulous occasion as two teams argued the pros and cons of bringing your whole self to work.