Welcome to the Australian Workplace Equality Index
The Australian Workplace Equality Index originally drew from the rich experience, expertise and methodology of the Diversity Champions Workplace Equality Index published by Stonewall in the UK. The Australian Index was officially launched in November 2010 at Australian Federal Police Headquarters in Canberra acknowledging the AFP’s early support of Pride in Diversity as a Foundation Member and their sponsorship support of the Index’s initial development. This allowed Pride in Diversity to work closely with Stonewall UK to ensure a localised starting point targeting mid-level practice within the current Australian context. The methodology utilised by the Index was academically scrutinised by Academic Advisor Dr. Raymond Trau resulting in high praise for its rigour and objectivity.
The AWEI now stands as the definitive national benchmark on LGBTQ workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees. The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors. For this reason alone, the Index has to be comprehensive and rigorous. The work compiled annually by employers submitting for the Index is a testament to the importance of LGBTQ inclusion with their current D&I initiatives.