Overcoming challenges for effective implementation of diversity and inclusion practices

When the 2016 Australia Census was released in June, it revealed an increasingly more diverse nation on every measure - Australians were born in nearly 200 countries, came from more than 300 different ancestries, speak more than 300 languages and practice over 100 religions.

Many organisations are committed to ensuring this rich diversity is reflected in their workforce, but not everyone has been successful in creating an inclusive culture in which diversity of thought can flourish and be translated into tangible business benefits. Most companies struggle to deliver diversity programs effectively down the line from HR to the line managers and employees.
How can organisations build a truly diverse workforce, eliminate unconscious bias and drive inclusion practices that truly add value? 
Returning for the second year, the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion conference comes to Melbourne this October, bringing along Australia’s top diversity leaders and advocates to address challenges in implementation, key enablers in embedding inclusive behaviours and driving equal opportunity for minority groups. 
Over 20 case studies, panel discussions and roundtable sessions will equip you with actionable insights on how to dig deeper into your diversity programs to add value to both the business and to the employees.
Accolades from our 2016 attendees:
“Go to pick up new ideas, meet like-minded people and challenge your thinking.” Director, Department of Employment
“This conference attracted a very dynamic group of leaders, knowledge sharers and seekers. Issues raised and addressed stimulated all present to review their organisation’s position and their diversity programs” Residential Services Manager, Warringal
“Panel sessions were very informative and well run. Generally fantastic speakers, I have learnt a lot!” National Ops Manager, M&T Resources
“The conference provided great networking opportunities, the chance to benchmark where you are and also learn about good practices and initiatives.” Workplace Relations & Equity Unit Manager, NSW Police Force
“Great way to find resources and networks” Manager, Organisational Development, Endeavour Energy
“Always interesting to hear what other agencies and organisations are doing in the D&I space. There was good inspiration and great ideas!” Manager Workforce Acquisition & Inclusion, Department of Family and Community Services


Held over two days, this Workplace Diversity and Inclusion event will provide you with a valuable opportunity to benchmark your current D&I initiatives with leading organisations’ and identify solutions you can apply in your own workplace through knowledge sharing with industry peers and thought leaders.

 Packed with fresh insights on all key diversity issues, our programme will cover the following topics:
  • Unconscious bias and inclusive leadership - What do leaders need to understand about diversity?
  • Leveraging data and analytics to support your diversity agenda
  • Maximising workplace flexibility for an inclusive environment
  • Attracting and retaining workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Transforming into a disability confident organisation


Directors, Heads, Senior Managers and Specialists who are responsible for:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • People and Culture
  • Human Resources
  • Community
  • Organisational and Workforce Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

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