Regional/National 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 continuing to deliver a program that focuses on workplace inclusion in regional Australia. We introduced this in Townsville for Wear it Purple Day in 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, and then repeated this very successful day-long program in Geelong toward the end of 2018.

This year we are very excited to be bringing the same program to Rockhampton on 20th May, and Hobart on 6th June.

Rainbow Rockhampton – Putting the Q into CQ

Kindly hosted by Pride in Diversity member, Aurizon, on Monday 20 May 2019, and supported by our key organizational members, a series of events focusing on enablement, networking, best practices and new research will be held during the day, with the intent of progressing real change in regional workplaces,  irrespective of size, industry or location of the workplace.

CLICK HERE to download flyer with full program and registration links. All sessions are free to attend, but bookings are absolutely essential.

 

LGBTI Inclusion – The Apple Isle

Kindly hosted by Pride in Diversity member, Australian Taxation Office, on Thursday 6th June 2019, and supported by our key organizational members.

CLICK HERE to download flyer with full program and registration links. All sessions are free to attend, but bookings are absolutely essential.