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LGBTIQ workforce inclusion plans

Get practical tips and ideas on how to create a more inclusive workplace.

Research shows teams with a wide spread of diversity perform best. This includes diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and sex characteristics.

Benefits include:

Ways to be more inclusive:

  • show your inclusivity with posters and rainbow lanyards
  • use gender neutral and inclusive language in conversations
  • hold staff events on key days such as Wear it Purple day
  • gender neutral toilets
  • set up a pride network for LGBTIQ staff and allies
  • run an LGBTIQ awareness training program or add to existing induction programs

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create an inclusive workplace. Little things can send signals that your organisation is a great place to work.

Everyone wearing rainbow lanyards — it says a lot. Most people are still wearing them and it just feels nice.

Alberto Garza Barragan
LGBTIQ Victorian Government employee

Create your own inclusion strategy

Encourage your senior management team to workshop what it wants to achieve before you write your strategy.

  1. Pick your strategic goals. Are you wanting to focus on LGBTIQ inclusion as well as women, multicultural, Aboriginal people and people with a disability?
  2. What do you want to change?  For example, do you want to hire a more diverse workforce and have existing LGBTIQ employees feel more welcome?
  3. What actions will you need to take to achieve your goals and by when? Who will be responsible?

Example plan

The Department of Premier and Cabinet aspires to an inclusive workplace and has an action plan to get there. 

Read our 2017-18 inclusion plan as an example of how your workplace could develop and implement your strategy.

Reviewed 02 August 2019

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