A growing number of Australian businesses were in the running to be recognized for the achievements in creating inclusive workplaces for their LGBTI staff.
Australian LGBTI Inclusion Award held in Sydney today celebrated achievements in LGBTI inclusion.
Major bank ANZ – known for its GAYtms during Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – won Australia’s 2017 Employer of the Year for the first time
LGBTI organization, ACON’s national not-for-profit program, Pride in Diversity, hosted the awards. They are determined by an assessment against the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
The AWEI is a benchmarking instrument that evaluates LGBTI inclusivity against a rigorous and comprehensive set of measures. Employers must also submit a body of supporting evidence submitted as part of the evaluation process.
ANZ also won an award for its inclusion of transgender people. And ANZ’s Pride Network Specialist Dave Beks was recognised with the award for Out Role Model.
The New South Wales Police Force also received the honour of being the first organization to receive an award for the inclusion of intersex people.
‘The ever growing success of the outreach to the business, sporting and general community is most heartening,’ said Pride in Diversity Patron High Court Justice Michael Kirby.
‘It is part of the explanation for the changing attitudes of Australians of all walks of life towards LGBTIQ equality and justice. In cities, regional, remote and rural Australia, things are changing.’
Not perfect, but it’s a start
A record number of employers participated in the AWEI this year. Their participation allows them to benchmark their practice against other organizations and obtain annual data on the impact initiatives are having on their employees.
While there is still a long way to go for employers to truly make their workplaces inclusive, the AWEI was a good start according to, Director of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs Dawn Hough.
‘The AWEI has seen remarkable growth over the first seven years of its life with this year seeing the most significant growth to date,’ she said.
For the first time, the work of Australian sporting organisations in LGBTI inclusion was recognized.
Ten sporting organisations participated in the inaugural Pride in Sport Index (PSI). The PSI is a world first national benchmarking instrument designed to assess LGBTI inclusivity within Australian sport.
The Australian Football League (AFL) was named the inaugural winner of the PSI Organisation of the Year Award.
‘The AFL is honoured to be recognised as a leader for LGBTI inclusion in sport,’ said AFL’s Inclusion and Social Policy General Manager Tanya Hosch.
‘The AFL was delighted to contribute to the implementation of the PSI. The AFL found the benchmarking exercise extremely valuable as a means to review and reflect on its LGBTI inclusion policies and practices across the Australian Football industry.’