Regional Reach Program

Over the last decade, employers across Australia, have made enormous strides in progressing workplace inclusion initiatives focused on their LGBTI talent. This includes those in the private sector as well those in all levels of government and irrespective of organisational size. However, one of the great challenges for organisations is how to ensure that such positive steps are reaching ALL their employees, irrespective of their distance from head office.

The recent marriage equality debate in Australia did highlight divergent views on equality across the nation, with some, albeit a minority, of more remote communities showing less progressive or inclusive views. The recent 2018 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) survey also highlighted the challenges faced away from the major metropolitan areas. For example:

  • Metropolitan employees believe LGBTI inclusion initiatives are more important than those further afield (84% vs 78%)
  • Likewise, more city-based employees understand why LGBTI inclusion is important to an organisation (87% to 81&
  • Those employees in regional locations are more likely believe that there is no longer need to spend time on LGBTI inclusion, post marriage equality (14% to 9%)

Significantly, workforce behaviours differ considerably between city and regional workplaces. Almost 10% of LGB respondents have experienced negative commentary and jokes in their regional workplace, which is double the response from city employees. Likewise, 12% LGB regional employees have personally experienced bullying in the workplace (as opposed to 6% of city based employees). More specifically, 39% of regional employees pointed to their direct management as a source of such bullying (compared to 20% in the city).

With this in mind, and as part of our strategic initiatives we are developing a program that focuses on workplace inclusion in regional Australia. We started in Townsville on 30 and 31 August 2018 with a pilot series of training sessions on LGBTI awareness and ally enablement, as well as a cross-member roundtable session, and a networking event to bring together LGBTI employees from member organisations and the broader community.  We are now set to replicate this program in Geelong on 25th September, and are aiming to include regional locations in other states including WA and NSW starting in 2019.


Our first regional events in Townsville were a great success, enjoyed by member organisations, community members, and the PID team who attended and facilitated the education sessions, roundtable lunch, and networking. We were also delighted to participate in a Wear it Purple morning tea on Thursday 31st August – click here to see some photos from that event.


Please click here to download the flyer for the Regional Reach program in Geelong on Tuesday 25th September 2018.

All of our events in Geelong are free to attend but bookings are absolutely essential – click the links below to register now!

10:00am – 11:30am LGBTI Awareness Workshop         [ General Admission ]
12:00 pm – 1:00pm Roundtable Lunch          [ Members Only ]
1:15pm – 2:00pm LGBTI Health & Wellbeing Providers Q&A           [ General Admission ]
2:15pm – 3:00pm LGBTI Community Groups Q&A          [ General Admission ]
3:30pm – 5:00pm Inclusive Leadership & Allies Workshop           [ General Admission ]
5:45pm – 8:00pm Networking Drinks          [ General Admission ]