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 Index

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DCA is currently working towards releasing, later in 2017, the Inclusion@YourWork Index, the first ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to 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.

Coming 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.

Webcasts from past events

Hosted by Bloomberg L.P.
04 Apr 2017

At the next DCA Diversity Leadership Program event, we will have a conversation about what it would take to create more inclusive workplaces so that more out LGBTIQ+ people can fill leadership positions in corporate Australia.

Hosted by Westpac Banking Corporation
Sponsored by Xplore for Success Pty Ltd
13 Oct 2016

Many of us carry unearned advantages over others that we may not even be aware of. These advantages can come from our abilities, age, cultural background, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation or socio-economic status, to name a few.

News

Census 2016 consolidates the business case for D&I programs

News articles

The release last week of some 2016 Census data spotlighted the growing diversity of Australia. While white, mono-lingual English speaking, heterosexual Christians still abound, every workplace, classroom, sporting club can feature a greater depth of influences.

Ask DCA: What do bathrooms have to do with inclusion?

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News articles

Answers to your questions on toilets and bathrooms in the workplace.

Ten tips for more inclusive communication

News articles

Here are a number of simple steps that can help communications in your workplace become more respectful and inclusive.

Perspectives

You're entitled to your opinion, unless it's not based on fact

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Opinion pieces

We must have the courage to call out racism when we see it.

More than ever, Australians must work together to create an inclusive society

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Opinion pieces

From advertising to workplaces, in 2017, let’s endeavour to recognise the enormous opportunity that diversity offers all of us.

Why Punk Rock Hair Is Good For Business!

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Blog

Successful businesses are ‘innovative’ and ‘creative’. They ‘do things differently’, or claim to. Quite often, however, we expect ‘out-of-the-box thinking’, yet expunge any form of expression.