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We’re here to help make the places where our community members live, work, study and play more inclusive of LGBTQ people. We do this by working with a range of organisations to help ensure that LGBTQ people feel included and supported.

Why work for ACON?

ACON is an inclusive employer offering an innovative, inclusive and welcoming workplace.

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are, they are strengths that we celebrate and demonstrate through our workforce and the delivery of all of our programs and services.

Our staff are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness. We are committed to our employee’s professional development and engagement – ensuring we build our capabilities with people that have the right values, attitudes, skills and knowledge.

In addition, we offer flexible working arrangements and generous array of entitlements above and beyond the National Employment Standards (NES) including:

  1.  An extra week of paid leave to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period
  2.  12 days of paid personal leave per year (10 days under NES)
  3.  3 months Long Service Leave of at 10 years of service (2 months at 10 years under NES)
  4.  Five days of paid bereavement/compassionate leave (2 days under NES)
  5.  12 weeks paid parental leave in addition to the government arrangement
  6.  Paid Additional Health Care Leave for ongoing and once-off issues affecting health (including Family and Domestic Violence Leave).
  7.  Option to purchase additional Annual Leave beyond the 4 weeks mandated
  8.  Education Leave by negotiation
  9.  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees


  • One-year initial contract
  • Help build LGBTQ inclusion in Australian workplaces.
  • Join a diverse and passionate national team who work hard to drive workplace inclusion.
Pride in Diversity is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTQ workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. Pride in Diversity publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTQ workplace inclusion. Pride in Diversity has, since its launch in 2010, been providing advice, guidance and expertise to Australian organisations of all sizes, within all sectors, states and territories. Our mission is to support our member organisations in their pursuit of best practice LGBTQ inclusion and the attraction and retention of talent through the adoption of progressive inclusive policy, practice and behaviours. The Role Pride in Diversity is offering an exciting opportunity for 3 dynamic individuals who have a passion for workplace LGBTQ inclusion. You will become a trusted adviser to a range of employers, some of whom are Australia’s largest and best known, across all sectors. The Role's Responsibilities:
    • To provide proactive advice, guidance and support to the assigned membership portfolio, including but not limited to membership strategy development, policy and practice reviews, enablement and training, advice and guidance on analysis of member and sector survey data, as well as providing advice and guidance to members completing the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
    • Proactively seek new membership opportunities, promoting the Pride in Diversity Program at every opportunity, seeking assistance as required to grow membership
    • To contribute to a strategic initiative or key divisional piece of work showcasing best possible strategic design, professional execution and collaboration with both subject matter experts and fellow colleagues; participating in governance meetings and providing progress updates and reports as required
    • Develop skills in the role of trusted advisor; build a strong strategic mindset; develop a consultative engagement mode of working with members alongside the ability to engage effectively with executive at all levels
    • Adhere to all internal operational policies and processes with efficiency; including but not limited to the maintenance of accurate and detailed member contact details and critical commentary in Salesforce, timely provision of all quotes and associated travel requests; awareness of membership expiry dates and active engagement to ensure timely renewal, on-time provision of all required reporting.
    • Role modelling workplace values and respectful behaviours including respectful, effective and positive team collaboration, communication, engagement, and support in divisional events, team meetings, discussions and L&D activity
What you will need to apply
  • Proven experience in and/or understanding of LGBTQ workplace inclusion initiatives.
  • Proven experience in or solid understanding of strategy development; in particular the alignment of activity and plans to strategic D&I goals.
  • Significant experience in a Relationship Manager role or similar, providing support to a diverse range of clients with a strong customer service focus.
  • Proven track record of effective training delivery within a corporate or government setting.
  • Superior verbal and written communication and presentation skills with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to diplomatically and effectively liaise with a diverse group of people at varying levels of seniority.
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment where jobs may overlap and team collaboration and engagement is essential.
  • Professional representation of the company and members you represent at all Pride in Diversity events, include celebratory and social.
Location: These positions can be based in Melbourne or Sydney Salary: A competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience will be discussed, with the option to salary package a portion of your salary (up to $30,000 gross-up value) tax-free Hours: These full-time positions are 38 hours per week. The roles will require working flexibly including some evenings and occasional weekends. For more information about the roles, please contact Chis Nelson at  All applications must include:
  1. a completed ACON application form;
  2. a document addressing both the essential and desirable selection criteria; and
  3. your resume
Please download the Job Application Guide and Position Description Applications close Friday 26 August 2022   ACON is an EEO employer. As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, people with HIV, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Two-year initial contract
  • Drive C-Suite Engagement across the Pride in Diversity Programs working with CEO’s, Executive and Government Leaders to embed executive support, engagement and commitment to inclusion. Co-facilitate engagement with Patrons, Advisory Group and Executive Allies
  • Work with the Senior PID Leader for People to deliver on national growth, member engagement, retention and visibility in addition to people development and the identification of value-add initiatives and workstreams
  • Actively participate in the division’s leadership team, providing thought leadership and expertise in terms of strategy, sustainability and diversification.
  • Act up in Director role as required
  This is a full time position (38 hours/week) on a 2 year contract and based in Surry Hills. For more information about the role, please contact Director, ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, Dawn Emsen-Hough, on 0409 887 212
Application Process

For more information about the role, the selection criteria and how to apply, please refer to the Job Application Guide Application Pack
All applications must include:
  1. a completed ACON application form
  2. a document addressing both the essential and desirable selection criteria
  3. your resume.

Applications for this position close 5pm Saturday, 27th August 2022.

  ACON is an EEO employer. As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, people with HIV, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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How do I apply?

You only need to email us three documents in MS-Word or PDF format at

1) An ACON Application Form

Please click here to download 

2) Your Cover Letter

You should use your cover letter to tell us how you meet each of the Selection Criteria in the Position Description. Let us know how your skills and experience relate to the requirements of the position and how you can use them to excel in this job.

3) Your Resume

Tell us about your previous employment and your education. Be sure to include:

  • Your Name and Contact details
  • Your Education including any degrees you have received, the institution and its location and the date of your graduation. You might also want to include your major/minor fields, any honours, and publications.
  • Your Work Experience including jobs, internships, and volunteer work. If you have just recently finished high school, you might also include extracurricular activities such as clubs or sports.

How does recruitment work at ACON?

There are five main steps in the process:

1) Application

ACON receives your application, cover letter and resume. You will receive an email from our HR Team acknowledging that we have received your documents.

2) Shortlisting

A selection panel of 2-4 qualified persons will review all the applicants and offer interviews to those applicants whose applications best address the requirements of the position.

3) Interview

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be contacted by the chairperson of the selection panel and invited to an interview. Your interview may take the form of a question and answer session, a presentation of your previous work, a test of your computer skills, or any other form that is relevant to the position. The chairperson will let you know the format of the interview and any documents, presentations or examples of previous work that you might need to bring with you.

4) Offer

Appointments to positions with ACON are based on merit.  This means that the applicant who is judged to be the most capable of carrying out the duties of the position will be offered the job. The decision to make you an offer is based on your written application, your performance at interview, and successful Referee Checks, Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks (if applicable).

5) Acceptance and Commencement

Once a salary and start date have been agreed, you will receive a commencement pack from the HR Team including your contract and other documents (e.g. the ACON Code of Conduct, Tax File Declarations, Bank Deposit details, Superannuation Choice forms, etc.). Once these are returned to the HR Team, you are ready to start work on your agreed date.

How long does it take to hear back on my application?

If you have applied via email, you will be sent a return email within 1-2 business days acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application will then be reviewed and we will contact you within 1-2 weeks after the application closing date.

If you are successful in gaining an interview, the chairperson of the selection panel will contact you by telephone to arrange a suitable date and time for the interview.

Otherwise, we will contact you by email to advise you that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. If you are not selected for an interview, this is when you will receive an email from our HR Team informing you that your application was not successful on this occasion. Don’t get discouraged if you do not get an interview – you can always apply again when we have another job that catches your eye!

If interviewed, you will be informed of your interview outcome within 5 working days; however this may vary depending on the number of applicants.

Again, thanks for considering ACON as your future employer!

* LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer)

ACON is an EEO employer and encourages people with HIV, in particular, to apply. 

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