24
Jan 18

8 top tips from female public sector leaders

8 top tips from female public sector leaders Despite the incredible strides made towards gender equality in the last decade, women in senior level positions continue to be significantly underrepresented. For women struggling to overcome professional, personal and structural challenges, we have put together 8 pieces of advice taken from Senior Leaders speaking at the … Continue reading 8 top tips from female public sector leaders

09
May 16

Building a diverse and inclusive Australian public service

A diverse workforce needs to be accompanied by an inclusive culture, or else organisations will never truly harness the benefits that can be derived from diversity. Yet until recently there hasn’t been much practical guidance for employers on inclusive leadership. Last year, Diversity Council Australia released research on what it takes to develop more inclusive … Continue reading Building a diverse and inclusive Australian public service

23
Mar 16

“We must avoid sweeping definitions of extremism that encroach on human rights”

The United Nations has urged countries around the world to take a more human rights-based approach to tackling violent extremism, by shifting away from a “security only” response. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Human Rights Council Panel Discussion this month that “human rights and the rule of law should be central whether we are … Continue reading “We must avoid sweeping definitions of extremism that encroach on human rights”

02
Mar 16

Why is it important to encourage social cohesion?

The mainstream debate surrounding the idea of social cohesion has been one left hanging in question by different key figureheads of our global society. Attitudes towards the subject have been reshaped following different global events over the last century. With a growing sense of hostility towards migrants in different regions of Europe, it is important … Continue reading Why is it important to encourage social cohesion?

01
Feb 16

The Other 13,000

A Global Humanitarian Crisis We are currently experiencing an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), right now there are more than 60 million people displaced worldwide. Syria’s state of civil war has been an a major factor behind the humanitarian crisis, and in the … Continue reading The Other 13,000

25
Jan 16

Social Cohesion Improved in 2015, Yet Remains Lower than 2007

The Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion (SMI) provides an overview in the five core domains of social cohesion: belonging, worth, social justice, participation, and acceptance and rejection. A national survey carried out eight times since 2007, the 2015 report has assessed Australia as “a stable and highly cohesive society”. At an index of 92.5, the … Continue reading Social Cohesion Improved in 2015, Yet Remains Lower than 2007

14
Dec 15

Coordinating Services in one of the most Culturally Diverse Communities in Australia

Greater Dandenong is the most culturally and linguistically diverse community in Victoria, with people from over 150 countries. Nearly two-thirds of its residents were born overseas, and languages other than English are spoken in half of its homes. Our diversity, community links and support services make this municipality one of the most desirable areas for … Continue reading Coordinating Services in one of the most Culturally Diverse Communities in Australia

18
Nov 15

Cultural Diversity at Criterion

With team members from all over the world, Criterion’s cultural diversity is one of its defining features. I’m personally part of the significant Irish contingent and felt immediately welcome when I started working here shortly after moving to Australia earlier this year. No one feels like the ‘new person’ for very long and sharing anecdotes … Continue reading Cultural Diversity at Criterion