AWEI Employee Survey Data Analysis

Welcome to the new AWEI Practice Points – evidence-based LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion Data 2021 and beyond!

Written by Dawn Emsen-Hough, Director, ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs | October 2021

Times are changing and so are we!

A Little History:

For the last 10 years Pride in Diversity has published an annual benchmarking report (based on the results of Australian Workplace Equality Index) and AWEI Employee Survey report.

In surveying a random but large cohort of our membership, our finding was that while members utilised extensively their own AWEI Survey Reports, the AWEI Practice Points and the Benchmarking Tables, little reference was given to the annual hard copy “master documents”.  What came out loud and clear was the value of the data that we offer and our strong evidence base.

So, the following factors influenced our decision to change, a need to:

  • Focus on what members clearly wanted – data, data, data and more of it!
  • Be environmentally conscious through the reduction of printed publications – we can reach more people online and eliminate superfluous hard copies.
  • Ramp up the AWEI Practice Points data sheets to extend the current ad-hoc data reporting to a multi-access system, providing:
    • our members with greater value add regarding their own LGBTQ inclusion work; and
    • non-members with an abridged version of what they need to know to progress their LGBTQ inclusion initiatives.
  • Continue with the strong evidence base that is supported by current Australian data and research. Our data is annual, not several years old or US/UK based – this space changes quickly (and the data needs to be local!).
  • Ramp up our academic alignment through partnerships with our academic advisors, the publishing of academic papers, and greater utilisation of the extraordinary data set which we produce annually.
  • Continue to promote incredibly strong evidence on Australian LGBTQ inclusion by sharing the invaluable resource we produce – to inform both our practice and yours, inform media, those in our industry and our international partners.

Thank You, Goldman Sachs!

Goldman Sachs has been the sponsor of our annual AWEI Benchmarking and AWEI Employee Survey publications for the last ten years. When we approached the Goldman Sachs team with the idea of this new direction for the AWEI Practice Points, they were delighted.  Goldman Sachs immediately acknowledged this as an essential step forward in remaining both current, innovative and the number one resource for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in Australia.

Goldman Sachs have committed to supporting our work in this area with the shift from the financial support of our two hard-copy publications to the financial support of our revamped AWEI Practice Points and all the new features that this will entail.

I would like to thank Goldman Sachs for their continued support of our work and in enabling us to extend our evidence base for our members, to the public and our international partners.  On behalf of all us here at the Pride in Diversity team, Pride Inclusion Programs Division and ACON more broadly, we thank you!

So, what is going to change?

To determine the change needed, we needed to answer the following:

  • How do we continue to add value to our membership with membership-only insights?
  • How do we provide non-members, media and those working within inclusion insights outside of membership to extend the work and message of inclusion in Australia?
  • How do we increase our alignment with universities, provide greater analysis of this rich source of data and publish more academic articles utilising the AWEI benchmarking results and employee survey data?

Our answer:

  • Increase regularity of offerings in this space.
  • Offer members exclusive access to Zoom training on each of the AWEI Practice Point topics – deep-dive insights with ongoing access to recorded content.
  • Offer members exclusive access to raw, de-identified data (where relevant) as it pertains to the topic area being discussed.
  • Make available to the public, international partners and media these published deep-dive insights (AWEI Practice Point data sheets) via our AWEI website and AWEI Practice Points mailing list.
  • Increase our engagement with academic advisors, and contribute to academic articles and research utilising AWEI data.

So, this is what you’ll see:

  1. Pride in Diversity members, on request, will receive de-identified high level raw data that support the practice points that we are discussing enabling them to utilise data for comparison against their own Survey results.
  2. Newsletters … i.e., Our Practice Point data sheets will speak to the current data in regard to specific topics. Annually these insights will include:
    - Key Findings
    - Being out at work
    - LGBTQ Allies in the Workplace
    - Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Employees
    - Regional Reach
    - LGBTQ Women
    - Bullying & Harassment
    - and more.
    These will be available publicly via the Practice Points page on our PID-AWEI website and via our Practice Points mailing list.
  3. Blogs – written by Director, Dawn Emsen-Hough highlighting discussion points around each of the deep dives will be available publicly, posted on LinkedIn and via our social media sites.
  4. Zoom training on each of the Practice Points data sheets/Newsletters available to members for live participation or via recording. The lock in this image identifies added value for Members only.

So, how do you make sure that you are on the receiving end of this data?

For more information on Pride in Diversity Membership, participation in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, AWEI Employee Survey or data analysis, please contact the Pride in Diversity Office on awei@prideindiversity.com.au.



The AWEI Employee Survey, which accompanies the Australian Workplace Equality Index every year, is Australia’s richest source of annual and local data that focuses on both; LGBTQ inclusion initiatives and the impact of these initiatives on employees, regardless of how they identify. Participation in this optional employee survey has increased every year since it’s initial release.

To utilise this data, Pride in Diversity annually publishes a series of data materials, videos and blogs under the heading of AWEI PRACTICE POINTS.

This helps to keep those within the Diversity & Inclusion profession informed and current in LGBTQ workplace inclusion. This data driven analysis and commentary would also be of immense value to network leaders, and those responsible for training within your organisation and executive.

We provide four ways for you to get on point with this data:

  1. Raw data setsfor Pride in Diversity members only!
  2. Newsletters – sign up below!
  3. Blogsview insights from current and historical Survey data!
  4. Video Trainingfor Pride in Diversity members only!

Click here to view the 2021 Practice Points.

Click here to view insights from current AWEI Employee Survey data and read historical Practice Points.

Welcome to the new AWEI Practice Points – evidence-based LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion Data 2021 and beyond!

Written by Dawn Emsen-Hough, Director, ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs | October 2021

Times are changing and so are we!

A Little History:

For the last 10 years Pride in Diversity has published an annual benchmarking report (based on the results of Australian Workplace Equality Index) and AWEI Employee Survey report.

In surveying a random but large cohort of our membership, our finding was that while members utilised extensively their own AWEI Survey Reports, the AWEI Practice Points and the Benchmarking Tables, little reference was given to the annual hard copy “master documents”.  What came out loud and clear was the value of the data that we offer and our strong evidence base.

So, the following factors influenced our decision to change, a need to:

  • Focus on what members clearly wanted – data, data, data and more of it!
  • Be environmentally conscious through the reduction of printed publications – we can reach more people online and eliminate superfluous hard copies.
  • Ramp up the AWEI Practice Points data sheets to extend the current ad-hoc data reporting to a multi-access system, providing:
    • our members with greater value add regarding their own LGBTQ inclusion work; and
    • non-members with an abridged version of what they need to know to progress their LGBTQ inclusion initiatives.
  • Continue with the strong evidence base that is supported by current Australian data and research. Our data is annual, not several years old or US/UK based – this space changes quickly (and the data needs to be local!).
  • Ramp up our academic alignment through partnerships with our academic advisors, the publishing of academic papers, and greater utilisation of the extraordinary data set which we produce annually.
  • Continue to promote incredibly strong evidence on Australian LGBTQ inclusion by sharing the invaluable resource we produce – to inform both our practice and yours, inform media, those in our industry and our international partners.

Thank You, Goldman Sachs!

Goldman Sachs has been the sponsor of our annual AWEI Benchmarking and AWEI Employee Survey publications for the last ten years. When we approached the Goldman Sachs team with the idea of this new direction for the AWEI Practice Points, they were delighted.  Goldman Sachs immediately acknowledged this as an essential step forward in remaining both current, innovative and the number one resource for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in Australia.

Goldman Sachs have committed to supporting our work in this area with the shift from the financial support of our two hard-copy publications to the financial support of our revamped AWEI Practice Points and all the new features that this will entail.

I would like to thank Goldman Sachs for their continued support of our work and in enabling us to extend our evidence base for our members, to the public and our international partners.  On behalf of all us here at the Pride in Diversity team, Pride Inclusion Programs Division and ACON more broadly, we thank you!

So, what is going to change?

To determine the change needed, we needed to answer the following:

  • How do we continue to add value to our membership with membership-only insights?
  • How do we provide non-members, media and those working within inclusion insights outside of membership to extend the work and message of inclusion in Australia?
  • How do we increase our alignment with universities, provide greater analysis of this rich source of data and publish more academic articles utilising the AWEI benchmarking results and employee survey data?

Our answer:

  • Increase regularity of offerings in this space.
  • Offer members exclusive access to Zoom training on each of the AWEI Practice Point topics – deep-dive insights with ongoing access to recorded content.
  • Offer members exclusive access to raw, de-identified data (where relevant) as it pertains to the topic area being discussed.
  • Make available to the public, international partners and media these published deep-dive insights (AWEI Practice Point data sheets) via our AWEI website and AWEI Practice Points mailing list.
  • Increase our engagement with academic advisors, and contribute to academic articles and research utilising AWEI data.

So, this is what you’ll see:

  1. Pride in Diversity members, on request, will receive de-identified high level raw data that support the practice points that we are discussing enabling them to utilise data for comparison against their own Survey results.
  2. Newsletters … i.e., Our Practice Point data sheets will speak to the current data in regard to specific topics. Annually these insights will include:
    - Key Findings
    - Being out at work
    - LGBTQ Allies in the Workplace
    - Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Employees
    - Regional Reach
    - LGBTQ Women
    - Bullying & Harassment
    - and more.
    These will be available publicly via the Practice Points page on our PID-AWEI website and via our Practice Points mailing list.
  3. Blogs – written by Director, Dawn Emsen-Hough highlighting discussion points around each of the deep dives will be available publicly, posted on LinkedIn and via our social media sites.
  4. Zoom training on each of the Practice Points data sheets/Newsletters available to members for live participation or via recording. The lock in this image identifies added value for Members only.

So, how do you make sure that you are on the receiving end of this data?

For more information on Pride in Diversity Membership, participation in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, AWEI Employee Survey or data analysis, please contact the Pride in Diversity Office on awei@prideindiversity.com.au.


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Sign up to the AWEI Practice Points Mailing List to receive up to date data on publications from the AWEI Employee Survey.

Click here to register for the Practice Points mailing list. 

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For more information on the AWEI and Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards event, please contact the Pride in Diversity office on (02) 9206 2139 or at AWEI@prideindiversity.com.au.