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

Mapping the State of Inclusion and Mental Health in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the State of Inclusion and Mental Health in the Australian Workforce

The research draws on the findings of DCA’s [email protected] Index 2021-2022 to explore the link between inclusion and mental health.

Inclusive AI at Work

Inclusive AI at Work

DCA, in partnership with Monash University, is undertaking a series of ground-breaking studies exploring the impact of unconscious bias on recruitment and selection decisions that are based on the use of artificial intelligence.

[email protected] Index 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 [email protected] Index maps the state of inclusion in Australian organisations and provides the Australian business case for inclusion.

[email protected] Index: Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the state of flex in the Australian workforce

A special edition report of DCA’s [email protected] Index 2021-2022 titled Mapping the State of Flex in the Australian Workforce highlights a positive link between flexible work and workplace inclusion and shows that the stigma around care, gender and flexible work continues.

D&I 101 - Collecting Diversity Data

D&I 101: Conducting a Diversity Survey - with speech bubble for different diversity dimensions including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islnder Peoples, Carers, Disbility, Age, Multicultural including Religion & Gender/LGBTIQ+

DCA's Guide to Conducting a Diversity Survey - How to ask your employees about their diversity.

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth): Centreing the experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians at work

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth)

New research from the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research and Diversity Council Australia is speaking truth to Australian employers about the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Class at Work

Class at Work  - Does social class make a difference in the land of fair go?

New research from Diversity Council Australia (DCA), has found strong evidence that people from self-identified lower classes experience more exclusion, discrimination and harassment at work than people from higher classes.

Intersections at Work

Intersections report cover image

Pride in Diversity and DCA joined forces on this project as their respective research on LGBTQ workplace inclusion had revealed that culturally diverse LGBTQ workers had unique workplace experiences that warranted deeper investigation.

In 2020, Do We Still Really Need Workplace Gender Equality?

Symbol of man and women in a circle

It’s been over 100 years since the first IWD and we’ve come a long way in creating gender equality – but we still have a long way to go. In 2020, gender inequalities continue to limit the ability of both men and women to be respected and to contribute at work and at home.

[email protected] Index 2019-2020

DCA 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index - Mapping the state of inclusion in the ustralian workforce

How inclusive are Australian workplaces for a diversity of employees, and how has this changed over time? What impact does inclusion have on performance and wellbeing? The 2019-2020 [email protected] Index surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,000 Australian workers to find out.

Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces

Creating Inclusive MultiFaith Workplaces - Large number of circles with icons representing different faiths and religions

This resource provides 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.

Change At Work

Change at Work cover pic

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?

[email protected] Index 2017-2018

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

The DCA-Suncorp [email protected] 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

HARVARD Kenned School logo

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

Case Study - Making D&I more structured and scalable at Real Asset Management Group

Case Study

By participating in DCA’s Inclusive Employer Index, RAM was able to make D&I more structured and scalable. Read more.

Herbert Smith Freehills taking action to improve ethnic diversity across the firm

Herbert Smith Freehills
Case Study

In the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd in May 2020, Herbert Smith Freehills’ CEO and the broader leadership team began a deeper conversation with their people about improving ethnic diversity across the firm.

CommBank’s AdvantAge

Case Study

CommBank’s age and life stage employee network – called AdvantAge.

NAB’s African Australian Employment Program

Case Study

NAB’s African Australian Inclusion Program provides six months of work experience, to help people find meaningful employment.

News

Supporting people at work after pregnancy loss

Diversity Matters

There is much that workplaces can be doing to support employees who have experienced a pregnancy loss.

New research finds 4 in 10 Australian workers silent about mental health at work

Media releases

Four out of every ten Australian workers who reported poor mental health in the past year didn’t talk about it at work, new research from Diversity Council Australia has found. 

New Australian research shows businesses how to address racism at work

Media releases

In response to the global push for racial justice in 2020, Diversity Council Australia studied the barriers facilitating racism in Australian workplaces and key anti-racism actions to address racism at work effectively.

Perspectives

Why businesses are a refuge for asylum seekers and refugees

Blog

Why it is important to consider the role of the corporate sector in creating inclusive opportunities for welcoming and settling refugees.

Land of the ‘fair go’? It’s a myth that is lulling us from the impact of reality

Opinion pieces

The assumption that Australia is the land of the ‘fair go’, a classless society of equals, is deeply ingrained in our national psyche. Yet, class is something we rarely talk about.

Election 2022: Where do the major parties stand on D&I

Submissions

Each Federal Election, Diversity Council Australia writes to both major parties to ask them to respond to a series of questions, based on DCA’s research, about where they stand on key issues of diversity and inclusion affecting Australian workplaces.

Coming events

08 Sep 2022

To date there is very little research in Australia on workplace inclusion for culturally and racially marginalised people with disability. However, we know that race and ethnicity intersect with disability to amplify people's lived experiences of discrimination, and to lower workplace participation and inclusion.

15 Sep 2022

DCA recently launched new findings on the role of workplace inclusion in ensuring that work has a positive impact on workers’ mental health and workplace mental health safety.

29 Sep 2022

DCA will speak with elected Indigenous representatives and discuss what is Corporate Australia’s responsibility and where to next for Community.

13 Oct 2022

At this event, we will discover how to improve managers' understanding of common mental health issues in the workplace and build their skills to support staff experiencing a mental health condition.

20 Oct 2022

DCA has joined forces with JobsBank to launch inclusive recruitment guidelines that identify evidence-based actions employers can take to effectively diversify who and how they hire.

27 Oct 2022

Monash University & Diversity Council Australia, with Hudson RPO, have joined forces to explore the impact of unconscious bias on recruitment and selection decisions that use artificial intelligence.

02 Nov 2022

At this event, we will deep dive on a D&I leading practice case study

08 Dec 2022

Are Australian businesses learning the lessons from COVID-19 and doing more to build accessible and inclusive workplaces for people with disability?

Following the International Day of People with Disability, this event will look at the inclusion experiences of people with disability, and what more can be done to build inclusive workplaces as well as attract, retain and progress employees with disability.

13 Dec 2022

Join DCA CEO Lisa Annese for a candid chat and reflect on D&I in Australia today and in the coming year.

Webcasts from past events

26 Jul 2022

This Case Study Conversation deep dives into Aurecon’s approach to tackling workplace sexism and sexual harassment by encouraging bystander action.

13 Jul 2022

KPMG, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and DCA are delighted to invite you to a special event to launch the fourth in our important series of research reports on the gender pay gap.