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HR

Getting older Australians back to work is an exciting economic opportunity

- July 21, 2023 5 MIN READ

  Recently the Western Australian government announced a $5.5 million program encouraging employers to hire older jobseekers, and it’s music to Julianne Parkinson’s ears. As the founding CEO of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing, Parkinson is a long-time advocate of our older Australians’ social and economic potential. She shares why the WA initiative is… Read more »

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HR

Why diversity, equity and inclusion is so important for small businesses

- June 15, 2023 4 MIN READ

  Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has emerged as a vital component of organisational success over the past couple of years, with research demonstrating that the framework is fundamental for increasing growth, innovation and competitiveness — particularly for small businesses, writes Sebastian Morgan, Resume Genius career and productivity expert. But while Australia has shown the… Read more »

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HR

Why you should employ a refugee or migrant

- March 21, 2023 5 MIN READ

  As we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day, Cath Scarth, CEO, AMES Australia, shares why employing a migrant or refugee could be the best decision you make for your business. The rough definition of a refugee is someone who has removed themselves from the dangers posed by conflict, persecution, trauma or dire security… Read more »

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HR

How to create a more inclusive workplace

- March 8, 2023 4 MIN READ

  This International Women’s Day week is a perfect time for business leaders to reflect on company culture and how this could be improved to attract and retain diverse talent, foster innovation and improve overall performance. If we want to imagine a world where gender is equal and free of bias or discrimination, then we… Read more »

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HR

Why disability inclusion costs MUCH less than you think

- February 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

  One thing you will notice when discussing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce is that business leaders always think it will cost more money to be inclusive than it actually does. In fact, in most cases, changes in the workplace are so minor that they might as well be free, writes… Read more »

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HR

It’s not all about gender or ethnicity: A blind spot in diversity programs is holding equality back

- January 31, 2023 5 MIN READ

  Diversity, inclusion and equity policies are now broadly endorsed in Australian organisations. But not all diversities are equal, write Carl Rhodes and Celina McEwen, University of Technology Sydney, and Alison Pullen, Macquarie University. Our research suggests while programs for women and some racial minorities are being embraced, other diversities are excluded. In particular social… Read more »

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News

Do better! Two-thirds of small businesses fail at disability inclusion

- January 23, 2023 3 MIN READ

  New research released by Mastercard has revealed that Australian small businesses have fallen behind the pack regarding disability inclusion in the workplace. Despite customers strongly indicating they are more likely to spend with businesses prioritising diversity and accessibility, only one-third of small businesses have implemented a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. Australian consumers are… Read more »

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HR

Why and how a business should prioritise disability inclusion

- January 17, 2023 3 MIN READ

  There’s much public fanfare over inclusivity nowadays, which should be celebrated. However, research from Melbourne University came to a shocking conclusion. Despite the lip-service to inclusivity and diversity, the proportion of disabled people included in the workforce has barely changed in decades, writes disability advocate Lisa Cox. Given that nearly one in five Australians… Read more »

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Opinion

Are you over 50 in a 20 zone? Then you’ll know that ageism is rife when it comes to hiring in Australia

- November 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

Despite their experience, skills and wisdom, mature-aged workers in Australia are being overlooked for jobs at an alarming rate, proving that ageism is rife, writes Guy Rowlison, Business Principal at Plus Communications. If you believe the positive spin placed on the research showing over-50s are Australia’s fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs (with one-third of new… Read more »