Businesses want diverse workforces which reflect the community, and attract and retain the best and brightest from all backgrounds and circumstances.
Building a diverse workforce often means rethinking recruitment and workplace practices, and introducing deliberate strategies to increase inclusivity.
The Business Council is engaged in a range of approaches and initiatives to enhance workplace diversity, including Indigenous engagement, gender equality, disability inclusion and mental health in the workplace.
Jennifer Westacott - Lateline
11 October 2017
Topics: workplace diversity, education, tax
Jennifer Westacott - Neil Mitchell, 3AW
15 September 2017
Topics: workplace diversity
Make Our Future Work
22 July 2017
Australians are asking why wages are stagnating, and what the age of drones, robots and artificial intelligence herald for them and their families, Jennifer Westacott writes for The Weekend Australian.
New Cadetship Program To Open Doors for Disadvantaged Students.
19 April 2017
The Business Council and The Smith Family have joined forces on a new program to give young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds the best chance to kickstart their careers.
Coalition of Business Groups Calls for Decisive Action to Rescue Australia's Ailing Apprenticeship System
14 March 2017
Governments must take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow.
Business Council Welcomes Fair Work Amendment Bills
1 March 2017
We commend the government for beginning to implement the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in its Final Report into the Workplace Relations Framework.
The True Value of Humanities
4 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott on how humanities can play a fundamental role in the prosperity agenda.
Boosting Employment Outcomes for People with Disability
29 October 2015
A report which looks at the role business can play in driving greater workforce participation and inclusion for people with disability.
Workforce Inclusion of People with Disability
27 October 2015
This report summarises the results of a survey aimed at generating baseline data and insights about disability employment practices.
New Resource to Help Business Promote Jobs for Indigenous People
27 October 2015
The AHRC and BCA launch ‘Targeted recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – A guideline for employers’.
Governance is Stronger When Two Worlds Connect
21 October 2015
Independentdirectory is a joint initiative of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and the BCA.
Improved Gender Reporting: Article in Women's Agenda
13 March 2015
The new reporting regime takes us a step closer to advancing gender equality so that women and men can thrive equally in the workplaces of Australia.
BCA Welcomes Gender Reporting Changes
25 February 2015
The streamlining of gender equity reporting requirements will help ensure that the data collected is meaningful and not unduly costly for businesses.
International Day of People with Disability
3 December 2014
Submission on the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review Report
The government’s response to the review will determine whether Australia capitalises on the commitment of business to boost Indigenous living standards.
BCA Welcomes Gender Diversity Reporting Streamlining
25 March 2014
Gender diversity and female workforce participation brings many benefits, but data collection should be streamlined, easily understood and beneficial.
Workplace Gender Equality Reporting: Opinion Article in the AFR
19 March 2014
Streamlined gender reporting and business-specific diversity strategies can improve outcomes for women, business and the economy.
Submission on the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
Business Council of Australia assessment of proposed new reporting requirements and minimum standards under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions
5 November 2013
Best practices for the merit-based recruitment, selection and retention of women in senior executive roles.
Submission to DEEWR on Improving the Employment Participation of People with Disability in Australia
Requiring employers to report on disability employment would fail to increase the employment of people with disability and impose unnecessary costs.
Submission on Reporting Matters under the Workplace Gender Equality Act
The BCA does not support any additional reporting on workplace gender equality issues.
Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review into Commonwealth Legal Barriers to Older Persons Participating in the Workforce or Other Productive Work
Educational strategies, high-peforming workplaces and the removal of all legislated age restrictions are key to encouraging workforce participation by older Australians.
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Consolidation of Anti-Discrimination Laws
Strong support from the BCA to make a society more inclusive for all Australians.
Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Commonwealth Legal Barriers to Employing Older Workers
Proposals to regulate in this area unnecessarily duplicate existing protections.
Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012
Certain parts of the Bill could unnecessarily increase business reporting costs and fail to achieve the objective to improve workplace gender equality.
Submission to the New South Wales Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs
Some key themes that have emerged in feedback provided by BCA member companies through surveys and other forums.
Vision and Values: Working Together to Close the Gap
Business Council of Australia 2011 Indigenous Engagement Survey report.
Support for Workers with Disabilities Calls for Three-way Partnership
1 September 2011
Countries such as New Zealand could serve as a model, writes Graham Bradley in The Age.
Workforce Participation of People with Disabilities: BCA Advocacy
Additional responses to correspondence we have received seeking clarification of our advocacy position and activities in this area.
The Worm Has Turned: Women in Leadership 2010
18 August 2010
Speech by BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey on the topic of women in leadership.
Government Response Pays Sound Attention to Executive Remuneration Recommendations
16 April 2010
It is a reasonably balanced approach to what has been a sensitive issue for the community.
CEOs Step up to Take Direct Action on Women in Top Jobs
31 March 2010
New mentoring initiative to help high-achieving women rise to the top of the corporate ladder.
Stronger Plans Are Needed to Ensure Gender Parity
16 November 2009
It defies belief that, in a sophisticated and modern country such as Australia, we are even talking about paying a woman the same amount as a man for a day’s work – it should already be long-established practice writes Katie Lahey.
Engaging our Potential: A Checklist to Reduce Barriers to Workforce Participation
04 April 2008
A checklist of ways to address barriers to the recruitment and retention of individuals not currently in the workforce.
Now Is the Time to Invite Those Facing Employment Barriers in from the Cold
23 June 2007
The BCA today announced it would lead a major new initiative on workforce participation with the aim of increasing participation including among Australians who are marginalised.
Age Can Work: A Business Guide for Supporting Older Workers
17 November 2006
Guidelines to encourage big business to keep more older Australians in the workforce.
Age Can Work: The Case for Older Australians Staying in the Workforce
17 November 2006
ACTU and BCA joint report highlights the potentially massive social and economic impact of Australia’s ageing population, and outlines some policy recommendations.
Age Can Work: The Case for Supporting Older Workers
14 November 2003
Speech by Katie Lahey, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Business Takes Lead on Ageing Workers
26 August 2003
The Business Council of Australia has released guidelines aimed at encouraging big business to keep more older Australians in the workforce.
Business, Unions Unite for Older Workers
23 April 2003
Australia’s corporate sector and trade unions are working together to boost the number of older people remaining in the workforce.
New Temporary Work Visas An Opportunity To Rebuild Public Confidence
The capacity for businesses to hire temporary workers to fill genuine skill shortages has been an overall boon for Australia, allowing the economy to ride out volatile economic cycles including in the mining industry, says Jennifer Westacott.
Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability
28 October 2015
Launch of the Business Council of Australia's report Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability.
Mentally Healthy Workplaces
The Business Council of Australia is a member of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.