Video: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in Australia

A group of five employees sitting around, discussing work in an office environment

Diversity, inclusion and belonging are not new words, but they are terms that many people still grapple with. So, to get a better understanding of the state of diversity and inclusion in Australia, we asked more than 1,500 workers what ‘D&I’ means to them. The most common thoughts centred around treating everyone equally, hiring a diverse workforce, valuing all employees and allowing them to embody their true selves at work.

We found that almost half (46%) of Australian workers say that they either some, or all of the time, feel unable to be their true selves at work. Furthermore, a significant portion of workers from minority groups don’t feel comfortable to speak up openly at work without fear of criticism, suggesting that working environments aren’t as supportive as they could be.*

To help unpack the survey results that are featured in our latest report Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Fostering an environment for all employees to thrive, we recently held a virtual panel discussion along with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The state of diversity and inclusion in Australia panel

Moderator: Jay Murno, Senior Manager, Country Marketing, Indeed Panelists: Marci Hamdorf, Diversity and Inclusion Program Lead, RMIT University; Andrew Olsen, Indigenous Engagement Leader, GHD; Kristy Macfarlane, Senior Associate, Diversity Partners

During the discussion, panel moderator and Senior Manager, Country Marketing at Indeed, Jay Munro, shared some of the report’s key findings. He spoke with three D&I leaders to dive deeper into the current state of diversity and inclusion in Australia, and uncover what we can all do to help create a workplace environment where everyone can thrive.

Jay was joined by Maci Hamdorf from RMIT University, Andrew Olsen from GHD, and Kristy Macfarlane from Diversity Partners, who each offered valuable insights into the evolution of diversity and inclusion in Australian workplaces, how companies can improve their D&I practices, how to get buy-in from leadership, and tips on what to do if your business is just starting its diversity and inclusion journey.

Keen to learn more? Watch a full recording of the panel discussion now.

*The research in this report was commissioned by Thrive PR on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 13 – 19 February 2020, involving 1,512 participants.

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