Foundation Members, Principal Partners & Patrons

Foundation Members

Pride in Diversity, together with ACON, proudly acknowledges the dedication and support from our foundational members who were the early leaders in Australia for recognising and pursuing LGBTI workplace inclusion.

  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • Department of Defence
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Lend Lease
  • Telstra

2017 Principal Partners (Sponsorship)

Principal Partners generously support Pride in Diversity over and above membership through sponsorship or substantial support of signature events and/or publications. We sincerely acknowledge and thank our Principal Partners for 2017. Pride in Diversity Principal Partners (via membership) are recognised on the List of Members page.

  • Accenture
  • Deloitte
  • Dell
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • Lendlease
  • Macquarie Group
  • Out Leadership
  • PwC
  • The Star Entertainment Group
  • The University of Queensland

Pride in Diversity Patron


‘’I have watched Pride in Diversity grow from relatively modest beginnings to a large and active organisation promoting equality, justice and full participation in employment and society by LGBTIQ  Australians . At first, it attracted a small number of firms, most of them transnational corporations with overseas branches that had already taken the plunge elsewhere. Now, there are so many more firms and organisations, large and small, public and private, city, regional and rural that compete to be acknowledged for the excellence of their programs. The participation of so many public sector organisations, including the Australian Defence Force and federal and state Police is especially heartening, given the hostility  of earlier generations. Some of this growth has come about as a result of a conviction that equality is the right path to take. But much  research has shown that it is also good for the bottom line. When people can bring their whole selves to work, they are more likely to give their all.

It is therefore good for business. I congratulate everyone involved in this remarkable success story. In a land of occasional disappointments, this innovation lifts the spirit and shows what we can attain in Australia when our better angels take charge.”

Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Australia

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates.

In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group (2010-11) which was investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations; and has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law (2010-12). In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (2013-14). Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2013-14).

Media Partners

  • Joy FM
  • Star Observer

International Community Partners

  • Stonewall
  • Out & Equal
  • Community Business HONG KONG
  • Pride at Work Canada
  • Rainbow Tick (New Zealand)
  • GLEN
  • Oogachaga
  • Workplace Pride

Our Foundation Members

Foundation members