Originally published: March 20, 2017
Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it's good practice that helps an organisation to function better.
Forty years ago women were shut out of many professions and it required affirmative action to turn this around.
Even today, a significant gender pay gap persists and women are under represented in many professions, especially at higher levels.
And despite efforts to close the gap with indigenous disadvantage, the disparity between employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians has increased in recent years.