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Beyond CALD: what lies behind the labels

Some months ago I started a conversation at this blog about how Australia needs to move beyond the simplistic terms in which we talk about cultural difference at work and in policy. Specifically, I questioned the widespread use of the label ‘culturally and linguistically diverse’, or CALD. I flagged that …

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Are you falling for “compliance thinking” on diversity?

Talk long enough about any form of the socially-aware business initiative—from promoting sustainability to Indigenous reconciliation and workforce diversity—and the same question comes up: does it matter whether companies are doing the ‘right thing’ for the ‘right’ reasons? Does the effectiveness of those initiatives depend on which imperatives businesses are …

Cultural Diversity in Australian Media

Diversity Representation in Australian News Organisations According to the 2016 census, 50 percent of Australians were born overseas or had a parent born overseas (Tasevski, 2018).  Census data also shows that almost one-quarter of Australians speak another language than English in their homes.  Federal parliament, however, is unrepresentative of the …

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Workforce mutuality: a conversation with Dr Martin Plowman

We all appreciate that diversity gets results—but why? When he worked at a major health services provider in Australia’s second city of Melbourne, Dr Martin Plowman pioneered a new way of thinking about who benefits from diversity and under what circumstances. This was based around the idea of workforce mutuality—that …

6 essential reads on diversity and inclusion

6 essential reads on diversity and inclusion

Like many of you, the team at Diversity Atlas are taking time during the disruption caused by the COVID-19 to look outwards, seeking out new ideas and inspiration from contributions to the ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion that remain as valid now as ever. This week we’d like to …

Cultural Diversity is like an incredible Rubik’s cube!

Given the increasingly populist nature of political discourse in America and Europe, successful businesses must continue to think inclusively and internationally.  Cultural diversity in the workplace provides a definitive competitive advantage for businesses who want to operate globally.  From Google to Qantas and Deloitte, organisations across a multitude of industries …

New partnership in 2020

Diversity Atlas’ new partnerships in 2020

A vision for a culturally-responsive City of Whittlesea Diversity Atlas is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Whittlesea, a Local Government Area in the north of Melbourne. Serving one of Australia’s fastest-growing localities, Whittlesea Council is committed to increasing the cultural responsiveness of the services it …

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Diverse teams for success: three golden rules

Say that your organisation has delivered on a commitment to recruit from a broad talent pool, having overcome structural biases in hiring. You’re likely to perform well in building a diverse team that rightly reflects the heterogeneity of a multicultural society. But what comes next after building that diverse team? …