The Australian Workplace Equality Index

While many Awards Nomination Processes boast a much quicker and less cumbersome submission process, the AWEI is extremely comprehensive and evidence based and therefore does take some time to complete. Employers are asked a series of very specific questions in relation to areas that directly impact inclusion or the perception thereof and are required to provide evidence for all responses. Evidence may entail a detailed description of a process or alternatively copies of supporting documentation to validate responses. This ensures that all employers are measured on not only the same criteria but allows employers the flexibility in their approach to meeting that criteria provided sufficient evidence is supplied.

As the Index is used for benchmarking purposes, its necessary rigour and submission process provides an accurate gauge as to the level of inclusivity currently being worked on within the submitting employer organisation. Already, since its launch in 2010, the index has witnessed a significant shift in practice and as a result was re-aligned in 2014 to not only match the level of practice currently within Australia but to once again shift it to the next level. The AWEI was realigned once again in 2016.


For 2019, we are opening up a submission period rather than just stipulating a cut-off date.

We can accept AWEI submissions between Monday 25th February – 5pm Friday 8th March 2019 (or midnight Saturday 9th March 2019 if sending large file transfer URL’s).

  • No later than 5pm, Friday 8th March 2019 for hand-delivered, couriered or mailed submissions (hard copies, USB’s etc).
  • Deadline for large file transfer program URL’s (Including but not limited to Dropbox, Google Docs, ParcelPost, SharePoint or any other internally approved large file transfer system) midnight Saturday 9th March 2019 (note: file attachments will not be accepted within emails).  Send to with a copy to


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You can now request your unique URL for survey participation by clicking here.  Your URL along with some sample communications that you can utilise / edit to promote the survey will be sent to you prior to its release on Monday or within a couple of days if you are requesting this information post release.

To allow plenty of time for you to promote the survey and promote participation, the close date for the survey has been extended to midnight 31st March, 2019. Please note, this extension applies to the SURVEY ONLY.  AWEI submission close dates remain unchanged.

The survey will go LIVE on  Monday 28th January.  An email will be sent via the AWEI mailing list to notify you once the survey is live along with a hard copy of the final for any internal approvals and approximate completion times.

Participation in the survey allows you to balance the results of your AWEI with the views and lived experiences of your employees.  While survey data is linked to your organisation enabling us to provide you with a comprehensive high level analysis of responses, individual respondent data is not collected.

For the first time, Pride in Diversity member organisations are able to participate in the survey, regardless of whether or not they are participating in the index.


To assist you (all employers):

AWEI for Small Employers (200 or less employees)

Standard AWEI (201+ employees)


2019 Individual Award Nomination Forms


2019 Document Revisions

09/07/18All submission documentsInitial
10/07/18AWEI 2019 (200+ Employees) – Doc 3 of 3 – Annual Submission1.1Pages 9-10 - Table header incorrect on both pages changed to "Targeted Training within 2018". Now reflects table content.
22/08/18AWEI 2019 Small Employers 1.1Page 18 - Table (e) changed to (d)


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For more information on the 2019 AWEI and Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards event, please contact the Pride in Diversity office on (02) 9206 2139.