Inclusion and Diversity
As a concept, diversity recognises that individuals have certain unique traits and characteristics which set them apart from others in society. Diversity can take on many forms, and may include (but is not limited to):
- Sexual orientation
- Physical qualities
- Education level
- Life experience
- Work experience
- Socio-economic background
- Marital status
- Carers responsibilities
- Religious beliefs
- Geographic location
- Income level
Valuing diversity allows business to deliver and connect with a wide range of customers and it also engages employees by allowing them to bring different ideas, suggestions and solutions to the workplace. Embracing workplace diversity involves recognising the value of individual differences in people and positively embrace, harness and support these characteristics to achieve organisational and individual benefit.
Diversity management is the process of implementing different workplace practices which are suited to different groups within the workforce.
Organisations that practices diversity management are able to maximise the potential and productivity of the organisation and the individuals that make it up. In this sense, diversity management can be said to embrace the notion of equality of opportunity, or "equity" rather than "equality" in and of itself which is the main thrust of EEO Legislation.
For more information on diversity, please see our:
- Diversity Management
- Strategies to improve diversity in your organisation
- Diversity and disability employment
- Gender Equity
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- 2014 AHRI Disability Employment Award - Westpac
- 2014 AHRI Gender equity in the Workplace Award - Aurizon
- 2014 AHRI Indigenous employment Award - Red Cross
- Australian Human Rights Commission - 'Good Practice. Good Business'
- Australian Network on Disability - Resource Page
- White Ribbon Australia's Workplace Accreditation Program
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Creating opportunities for Indigenous staff