Conference Day One
07 August 2019
08:30 Registration and morning refreshments
08:50 Opening remarks from the Chair
Naomi Knight, Alchemist & Strategist, Naomi Knight Australia
WELCOMING KEYNOTE PERSPECTIVES ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN GOVERNMENT
09:00 Opening Keynote Address: Australia's progress in achieving a world where all people are equal in dignity and rights
This session will reflect on the need to promote equality and inclusiveness in Australian society. Our inspiring keynote speaker is an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and Social Justice Advocate, who is addressing social disadvantage across government, business, not-for-profit as well as educational institutions in Africa, Australia, United Kingdom and USA.
Fadzi Whande, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist
09:30 Keynote Address and Q&A: Fostering greater inclusiveness in the Australian Government workforce
In this interactive Q&A, The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia and member of the UN Human Rights Council will address diversity and inclusion issues including:
- LGBTIQ – does it really make a difference in the workplace?
- Do changes of government bring different attitudes to diversity issues?
- The glass ceiling – what’s improved?
- Stress, pressure, quality of life, suicide – the effects of a toxic working environment
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia
10:00 Keynote Address: Improving diversity and inclusion in government to empower and benefit from Indigenous ways of knowing and doing
Shanell Gadd, Senior Diversity Adviser, Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Preventing Gendered Violence and Championing Gender Equality in the Workplace
- How do we talk to our people about gender equality?
- How do we address the drivers of gender-based violence in the workplace?
- What are the best strategies to create a meaningful and actionable gender equality action plan?
- How do we empower our community to champion gender equality?
Jayde de Bondt, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, North Melbourne Football Club
11:30 Case Study: Missing piece of the Puzzle – Workplace English Classes
This session focuses on Wesley Mission Queensland’s initiatives on creating and managing educational and linguistic programs that reduce diversity and cultural barriers within the local community and the wider organisation
Bilge Ozgun, Diversity & Inclusion Lead - People and Culture, Wesley Mission Queensland
12:00 Keynote Panel Discussion: Creating deep cultural change - promoting diversity-mindedness and inclusion mindedness throughout the public sector
- How can you develop an organisational approach to diversity and inclusion that truly leads to cultural change?
- How can you change cultural prejudices we might not even be aware of?
- Diversity isn’t just about the numbers - it’s about a culture of inclusion. What has to happen to change an entire working culture?
- What are some of the best strategies for embedding D&I practices in every day work, making sure it is not just window dressing
- Helping migrant, refugee, asylum seeker background executives overcoming cultural challenges in seeking employment
Naomi Knight, Alchemist & Strategist, Naomi Knight Australia
Jill Sears, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Melbourne Water
Jenny Fink, Manager Learning and Diversity, Ballarat City Council
Susan Pettifer, Director Workforce & Information Services, City of Sydney
KEY CHALLENGES IN ENSURING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
12:45 Lunch and networking break
13:45 Interactive Round Table: Going beyond the social good wash – how to walk your talk and truly achieve the outcome of greater diversity and social inclusion in government
Diversity and inclusion policies and training programs can be popular, but if they are not developed and implemented correctly this can result in organisations looking like they’re just ticking a box without actually achieving much at all. What does it mean to really implement diversity and inclusion? How can organisations best create a space that is truly inclusive of and promotes equal participation of a diverse workforce? This interactive round table session will call upon all delegates’ knowledge and experience of what makes D&I programs really work for their workforce.
Yvonne Lewandowski, Diversity, Inclusion & Development Lead, Urban Utilities
Hema Raman, Senior Lawyer, Market Infrastructure, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Sunila Kotwal, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, White Ribbon Foundation Australia
14:30 Panel discussion: Fostering a mentally healthy government workforce
- What are the hallmarks of a mentally healthy workplace?
- Empowering managers and employees to work together to build inclusive cultures and effective systems for promoting mental health in the Australian Public Service
- Making reasonable adjustments where necessary
- Technical interventions - improved processes and procedures, including early intervention
- Cultural interventions - attitudinal and behavioural changes, such as understanding and connecting with employees
- Supporting your workforce to communicate effectively about their mental health – creating a positive non-stigmatic work culture
- Managing mental health conditions within their medically defined parameters
Naomi Knight, Alchemist & Strategist, Naomi Knight Australia:
Harleen Oberoi, Diversity & Workforce Planning Advisor, City of Sydney
Silven Simmons, Senior Director of People, Safety & Performance, Queensland Health
Andrea Smith, Business Service Manager, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
Leonie Newnham, Secretary, The Enablers Network, Victorian Public Sector
15:15 Afternoon tea
OVERCOMING CONFLICT, BULLYING AND OTHER KEY CHALLENGES OF DIFFERENCE
15:45 Progressing and engaging women of colour and multicultural communities in government
- How government can close the double glass cultural ceiling for women of colour in leadership
- Improving multicultural representation in Australia’s public sector
- Building executive leadership programs to empower misrepresented, yet highly skilled and capable people
Winitha Bonney, Thought Leader in the future of work and women of colour in leadership
16:15 Invisible disabilities and self-disclosure in the workplace
- The issues, motivations, opportunities and attitudes to eliminating the barriers for people with invisible disabilities in the work environment
- How organisations can create a workplace culture in which people with invisible disabilities feel comfortable to disclose and seek support to become productive participants
- Leading local and global case studies overcoming these issues
Allana Bianchi, Manager, Workforce Futures and Inclusion, Public Service Commission, Queensland
Janice Rieger, Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
17:00 Closing remarks from the chair and end of Day One
17:10 Networking drinks