Four Federal Organizations Make DCA’s Inclusive Employers List


The Diversity Council Australia (DCA) has released the 2022-2023 Inclusive Employers List, with several public sector agencies within it.

Those in the public sector named were Services Australia, Defense Housing Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

DCA said that to be eligible, each organization must invite at least 60% of its staff to complete the Inclusive Employer Index assessment and demonstrate compliance with at least five of the six measures.

The six measures were: Awareness, Engagement, Inclusive Organizational Climate, Inclusive Leadership, Inclusive Team, and Exclusion.

DCA CEO Lisa Annese said inclusion was good for employees and employers, with the list providing an opportunity to reflect on organizations’ achievements.

“This year’s list of organizations is diverse, with employers large and small from a wide range of industries. Inclusion is not an extra for these organisations, it is a superpower and it is essential to their success,” Annese commented.

“Our Inclusive Employer Index is rigorous, it’s not an award; it is a way to measure inclusion work among employers in a robust way. Those recognized today are doing the diversity and inclusion work and moving towards greater inclusion.

The list emerged amid ongoing discussions about CALD representation in the APS, with Senator Mehreen Faruqi planning to speak to Public Services Minister Katy Gallagher about the “unacceptable” issue.

Rebecca Skinner, CEO of Services Australia, said it was a proud moment for the agency as it was the second time she had made the list.

“As an agency that supports almost all Australians at some point in their lives, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age or ability, it is important that inclusion be at the heart of everything we do,” Skinner said. .

“We need to understand, connect and represent the community we serve and being inclusive means we can provide better services to all Australians. Our ongoing work to live and breathe inclusion enhances the experience of our staff and customers, and we remain committed to championing inclusion in the workplace.

The city of Stirling in Western Australia was also on the list, with CEO Stuart Jardine saying Stirling was working to become a more inclusive city.

“Local government works best when it employs people who are part of the community and reflect the diversity of that community,” Jardine said.


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