AWEI 2014 FULL BENCHMARKING PUBLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

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Click here (or right click) to view/download the 2014 Employee Survey Results only.

 

AWEI 2015 SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE

Submission documents for the Australian Workplace Equality Index 2015 (for work completed within the 2014 year) are now available to download.

2015 AWEI SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS:

  • To download the full AWEI Benchmarking Submission document please click here (all employers).
  • To download the Completion Guide to assist you with your submission please click here.

2015 REGIONAL AWARD:

This award covers regional branches / offices / franchises.

  • To download the Regional Award Submission document please click here

2015 INNOVATION AWARD:

To download the Innovation Award submission document please click here.

2015 AWEI INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

  • To download the LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Champion submission document please click here. (Includes LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Champion - Regional and ALLY Awards)
  • To download the CEO & Executive Leadership submission document please click here.

 

2015 DATES:

Submissions Close:  Friday 27th March, 5pm AEST, 2015

Survey Opens:  Third week of January, 2015

Survey Closes:  Friday 27th March, 5pm AEST, 2015

For more information on the 2015 AWEI and associated awards, plesae contact Pride in Diversity on (02) 9206.2139.

Australia's Top 20 Employers for LGBTI Employees 2014 Announced

GOLDMAN SACHS ANNOUNCED 2014 EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

 

Photo:  Ann-Marie Calihanna

Click here to view INSIDEOUT TV's coverage of the AWEI 2014 Awards Event. 

Click here to download a copy of the media release 2014.

Goldman Sachs has been named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2014 at a special event recognising workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The Australian arm of the global financial services firm topped a list of 20 organisations which were recognised today at a special luncheon in Sydney organised by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace. Pride In Diversity is a program of ACON, NSW’s leading HIV and LGBTI health organisation.

The awards were determined using Pride In Diversity's Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), a free service provided annually by Pride In Diversity that evaluates and benchmarks LGBTI inclusiveness in Australian workplaces.  

The 2014 Top 20 Australian employers for LGBTI people are: 

1. Goldman Sachs
2. Curtin University
3. Westpac Group
4. Commonwealth Bank
5. ANZ
6. Australian Federal Police and IBM (Joint 6th)
8. The University of Western Australia
9. Lend Lease
10. KPMG and Accenture (Joint 10th)

12. Herbert Smith Freehills (first law firm)

13. Chevron 
14. National Australia Bank and Macquarie Banking & 
      Financial Services (Joint 14th) 
16. Children & Young Peoples Mental Health 
17. American Express 
18. EY 
19. Macquarie University 
20. Gilbert + Tobin and Australian Red Cross Blood Service 
      (Joint 20th) 

Other awards at the luncheon included:  LGBTI Employee Network of the Year (Australian Federal Police - GLLO); Highest Ranking University (Curtin University); Highest Ranking Public Sector Organisation (Australian Federal Police); and Achievement Award for Most Improved (Herbert Smith Freehills).  American Express won an Innovation Award and Youth Action NSW won the 2014 Small Employer Award.  Australian Red Cross Blood Collection was also named Highest Ranking Not-for-Profit/Charity.

This year individuals from Herbert Smith Freehills (Tony Wood), Department of Defence (Squadron Leader Vince Chong and Flight Sergeant Ronald Kelly) and Curtin University (Sally Webster) were also acknowledged for their significant contribution to LGBTI workplace inclusion initiatives. Speakers at the sold-out event at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney included Pride In Diversity patron the Hon. Michael Kirby and Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor.    

Pride in Diversity Director Dawn Hough says more organisations are engaging with AWEI. “This is the fourth year of the AWEI. The number of employers participating has increased by 83% from Year 1 and we now have over 5650 employees participating in the employee survey.  The focus on LGBTI inclusion initiatives has increased substantially.  Organisations outside of the Top 20 are completing submissions showing a depth of work comparable to Top 10 organisations a couple of year ago.  Australian employers are taking their work in this area very seriously.  LGBTI inclusion within Australian workplaces is on the rise and is fast becoming a differentiator in the workplace diversity agenda.”

Ms Hough says the luncheon and awards, which every year commemorate International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, provide a valuable platform for organisations to highlight the quality of their LGBTI workplace diversity practices as well as provide a national benchmark on what organisations are doing in this space. “Pride in Diversity congratulates all the organisations recognised today on their significant achievement and for showing great leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion,” Ms Hough says. 

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NEW EMPLOYER TIERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 AWEI

 

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AWEI 2013 BENCHMARKING PUBLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

All participating organisations receive a printed copy of the AWEI publication.  Proudly sponsored by Goldman Sachs, sponsors of the publication since its first release in 2011.

To download a soft copy of the 2013 Benchmarking Publication please click here.

Media Release:  Top Employers for LGBTI Employees 2013

Click here to download the media release for Awards 2013. Published 17 May 2013. 

 

ACCENTURE AUSTRALIA TOPS LIST OF LGBTI-FRIENDLY AUSSIE EMPLOYERS  

Accenture Australia has been named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2013 at a special event recognising workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The Australian arm of the global professional services organisation topped a list of 10 organisations which were recognised today at a special luncheon in Sydney organised by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.     

The awards were determined using Pride In Diversity's Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), a free service provided annually by Pride In Diversity that evaluates and benchmarks LGBTI inclusiveness in Australian workplaces.  

The 2013 Top Ten Australian employers for LGBTI people are (in ranked order) Accenture Australia, PwC, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, IBM Australia, Chevron Australia, Curtin University, Westpac Group, The University of Western Australia and Lend Lease.

Other awards at the luncheon included:  Employer of the Year (Accenture); LGBTI Employee Network of the Year (BFS assorts – Macquarie Banking & Financial Services Group); Highest Ranking University (Curtin University); Highest Ranking Public Sector Organisation (Australian Federal Police); and Achievement Award for Most Improved (National Australia Bank).

New awards introduced for the first time this year included: Regional/Rural Award for LGBTI Workplace Inclusion (Northern Rivers Social Development Council); Small Employer Award for LGBTI Workplace Inclusion (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia); Not-for-Profit/Charity Award for LGBTI Workplace Inclusion (UnitingCare Ageing NSW/ACT); and individual LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Champion Awards which went to Dade Bailey from Commonwealth Bank and Dean Field from Westpac Group.

Pride In Diversity Program Director Dawn Hough says more and more organisations are engaging with the annual awards. “Submissions this year were up by 65% and over 3000 employees took part in the process,” Ms Hough says. “This has made gaining entry to the Top Ten a much more difficult process which shows that organisations throughout Australia are taking very seriously their work in this area and that LGBTI inclusion within Australian workplaces is on the rise and is fast becoming a differentiator in the workplace diversity agenda.”

Speakers at the sold-out event at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney included Pride In Diversity patron the Hon. Michael Kirby, AFL anti-homophobia campaigner Jason Ball and Master of Ceremonies Bob Downe.

Ms Hough says the luncheon and awards, which take place every year on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, provide a valuable platform for organisations to highlight the quality of their LGBTI workplace diversity practices as well as provide a national benchmark on what organisations are doing in this space.

“Pride In Diversity congratulates all the organisations recognised today on their significant achievement and for showing great leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion,” Ms Hough says. 

 

For more info please contact:
Michael Badorrek, ACON Media and Communications Manager 
T: (02) 9206 2001 M: 0400 358 109 E: mbadorrek@acon.org.au
Dawn Hough, Pride In Diversity Program Director 
T: (02) 9206 2136 M: 0409 887 212 E: dhough@acon.org.au

 

For more information please contact Dawn Hough on (02) 9206.2136

 


 

 

2012 AWEI Benchmarking Publication now available

Click here to download the 2012 AWEI Benchmarking Publication.  Please feel free to distubute this widely.

Click here to download media release as to AWEI 2012 findings.

 

 

PRIDE IN DIVERSITY ANNOUNCES TOP 10 EMPLOYERS FOR LGBT EMPLOYEES 2012

For work completed within the 2011 Calendar Year.

Results of the 2012 Australian Workplace Equality Index were announced at the Annual Pride in Diversity Business Luncheon and Awards Celebration at the prestigious Ivy Room in Sydney on May 17, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Over 240 guests attended the Awards Luncheon enjoying a stunning 3 course meal during which they were treated to engaging speeches by academy award nominated Australian actress Jacki Weaver and Pride in Diversity Patron, the Hon. Michael Kirby.  

The Luncheon acknowledged outstanding achievements by organisations in LGBT workplace inclusion with the following awards:

Employer of the Year : Ranked No. 1 in the Index : PricewaterhouseCoopers

2nd Ranking: KPMG

3rd Ranking:  IBM

4th Ranking:  Accenture

5th Ranking:  Goldman Sachs

6th Ranking:  Lend Lease

Joint 7th Ranking and Joint Highest Ranking Public Sector Employer: 

Macquarie University and University of Western Australia

9th Ranking:  Australian Federal Police

10th Ranking:  Chevron

LGBT Employee Network Group of the Year :  GLEE @ PwC

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for most improved employer:  Deutsche Bank

For more information on the Index, please contact Program Director, Dawn Hough on (02) 9206.2136 or email dawn.hough@prideindiversitycom.au

 

 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS 2012 AWEI : Australian Benchmarking Publication

The 2012 AWEI Benchmarking publication will be available shortly.

 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS 2011 AWEI : Australian Benchmarking Publication

We are pleased to announce Australia's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion AWEI Benchmarking publication featuring benchmarking data across all AWEI Submissions and examples of good practice from our 2010 Top 10 Employers (awarded 2011)

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