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Initiatives

The Australian Water Association recently launched the Channeling Change Program in collaboration with the Australian Water Partnership and will publish a range of initiatives taking place in the water industry to promote diversity, inclusion and equality. 

Major career study shows young Australian women being hung out to dry

Employers need to commit and act to create workplaces where women are respected and valued for their expertise. There will be more women than robots in the future of work. It’s time that households, government, businesses and employers listen to them. Read more here.

2018 leaders in workplace gender equality announced
WGEA has announced the list of 2017 – 18 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) with a record 120 organisations receiving the citation this year. Congratulations to all 120 organisations including a number of our members. To read more about EOCGE click here or to view the full list of citation holders click here.

Jacobs colours is launched in Australia
Jacobs launched the inaugural Jacobs Colours Happy Hour reinforcing the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Jacobs Colours has been operating in the UK for the past couple of years and Jacobs Australia is delighted to be able to bring this initiative to Australia. Read more about Jacobs Colours here.

Manufacturers' Monthly - Diversifying the Australian workforce
Australia is seeking to become an innovation nation, yet industry advocates insist a lack of workforce diversity is creating obstacles. Read more from the Manufacturers’ Monthly reports here.

IBM - I work where I make an impact on accessibility
IBM is committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive workplace for people with disability. With four million Australians identifying as having a disability, IBM recognises that this is a large talent pool from which to attract and recruit a diverse range of skills and experience. Watch IBM's video IBM: AN INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE and hear from five employees who are flourishing at IBM and don't see their disability holding them back. Read more about IBM's inclusion program here.

AECOM - #BeBoldforChange
At AECOM, they are committed to driving positive change for women in the global workplace. Read about their involvement with International Women's Day 2017 as well as their #BeBoldForChange stories here.

Spotless - Embracing diversity and inclusion
Spotless has a culture of inclusion and diversity and prides itself on being an affirmative action workplace. Read more about their initiatives as well as hear from Spotless employees as how the diversity and inclusion has helped them.

Unitywater - Setting Standards for Diversity and Inclusiveness
Queensland's Unitywater is leading the change for diversity and inclusiveness in engineering, drawing rave reviews for the environment they are able to provide for women. Read more here about their commitment to fostering gender diversity.
 
PwC - Disrupting the Status Quo
Male leaders who set the rules and stereotypes are the new focus in the battle for gender equality at work. Read more about how Julie McKay, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Partner at PwC Australia is tackling this issue or watch the highlights here

Australia's Gender Equality Scorecard
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. In November the WGEA released the key findings from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's 2016-17 reporting data. Click here to read the scorecard.

Diversity Council Australia - Inclusion@work Index 2017 - 2018
Inclusion is more than just the latest buzzword; it has benefits for business and workers too. Read the DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@work report here and find out more about the inclusion@work index here.

Women in Utilities - Charmaine Quick
Charmaine Quick, Executive General Manager - Service at Melbourne Water was recently recognised as one of Victoria's Top 50 Public Sector Women. Read about her career from an article featured in Utility Magazine here.

DFAT - Workplace diversity
DFAT recognises the importance of embracing workplace diversity, specifically valuing the unique qualities, attributes skills and experiences all employees bring to the workplace. In November 2017 DFAT has been recognised by the APS Diversity and Gender Equality Awards for their commitment to achieving a gender equal workplace. To find out more about the commitments and changes they’ve made, and continue to make click here or view this video.

City West Water - Be bold for change
City West Water seek to foster a workforce that mirrors the wonderfully diverse community we serve. Read their more about their diversity and inclusion strategy here. Women from City West Water share their stories on the boldest thing they have achieved. You can view this video and more on City West Water's YouTube channel.

Veolia - Providing opportunities to youths and graduates
Veolia is committed to developing and empowering the next generation to lead change. They aim to foster innovative and inspired individuals to bring a new perspective to the business. Hear from some of their team.

WSP - Gender diversity
WSP are committed to improving gender diversity at their firm and acknowledge that they, and the industry, have a long way to go. WSP focus on achieving an increased gender balance in their workforce and is shared by many of their clients who also seek equal opportunities for women and men.
To find out more about WSP's current programs and their outstanding women visit their website or hear from WSP's President & CEO, ANZ, Guy Templeton on gender diversity.

GHD - Different stories, common goals
GHD's commitment toward diversity in the workplace is driven by a strong conviction that genuine inclusion will deliver greater productivity, creativity, and diversity from deeper pools of talent and through fairer processes for all. To find out more about GHD’s commitment to diversity and inclusion visit their website or check out the GHD YouTube channel.

Veolia - Valuing diversity, equality and inclusion
Veolia aims to walk alongside and work together in partnership with Indigenous people to provide leadership, enhance respect and understanding, and create tangible opportunities in the communities in which we live and operate. We understand that supporting the first people of our countries to develop their local economies in their traditional areas are vital for long-term sustainable development. To find out more check out this video on the Veolia YouTube channel.

SA Water achieves zero gender pay gap
SA Water has achieved a zero per cent gender pay gap in 2017 after successfully implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy.
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