Inclusion and diversity case studies
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Director-General Innovation Challenge
More than 100 Department of Transport and Main Roads employees attended a one-day event to address 9 inclusion and diversity challenges, including:
- keynote presentations from thought leaders, including Troy Roderick, General Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Telstra
- a panel discussion which challenged participants to think outside the square and design disruptive ideas worth exploring
- group activities to identify solutions, culminating in a Dragons' Den style presentation to departmental decision makers.
This is the second time the department has run such an innovation challenge.
Aspiring Women in Leadership Summit
More than 500 employees attended the inaugural Aspiring Women in Leadership Summit in April 2015 to discuss how the Department of Health is committed to progressing female leaders; developing them to become executives; and encouraging them to strive and have courage to face their fears.
At the summit, the department launched its new Health Chapter of the QG Women network as well as a mentoring program for aspiring females.
A pre-summit workshop was held for 60 female executives. Facilitated by an executive coach, the workshop provided them with practical tips and tricks in how to approach their career and progress within the public sector.
Work and Welcome
To create an inclusive workplace that values and celebrates diversity, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has partnered with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) to launch Work & Welcome, a scheme offering short-term paid work experience for recently arrived refugees and migrants to help them successfully settle in their new home country.
Staff members voluntarily donate to the Work & Welcome fund through regular payroll deductions. These contributions pay the wages of a refugee or migrant who will be employed at SLQ. When there is enough money in the fund, participants are employed by MDA, on a casual basis for approximately 12 weeks at a pay rate equivalent to AO2.1.
To date SLQ has engaged 3 new migrants, from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The participants said that it has made a huge difference in their journey towards full-time employment in Australia and increasing their ability to make a positive contribution to the Queensland community.
Wear it Purple Day and Brisbane Pride Festival Parade
In 2015, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) participated in Wear It Purple Day to raise awareness of the issues faced by young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) people, particularly as they enter the workforce.
Six employees dressed in custom purple QAS uniforms to demonstrate support to the LGBTIQ community. A social media campaign showcased these officers and profiled what the day meant to them.
As a result, the QAS was invited to march in the Brisbane Pride Festival parade for the first time. More than 50 paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, clinical deployment supervisors, managers and senior executives proudly marched in uniform. A parade organiser said, ‘the response has touched my heart and made me so proud to be part of it’.
- Deloitte: The role of diversity practices and inclusion in promoting trust and employee engagement
- Deloitte – Fast forward: Leading in a brave new world of diversity
- Deloitte – Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? A new recipe to improve business performance (PDF, 1.39 MB - large file)
- Australian Public Service Commission Diversity
- Westpac Group – 2013 accessibility action plan (PDF, 3.15 MB - very large file)
- Department of Defence – diversity and inclusion strategy
- Pride in diversity LGBTI
- Curtin University – Pride in diversity LGBTI
- Australia Post – diversity and inclusion