Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) announced on 6 November, as part of Inclusion at Work Week, the list of 82 organisations who have been recognised as Inclusive Employers for 2023 – 2024. CVGT Employment is honoured to be on this year’s list.
“We are proud to be recognised as an Inclusive Employer in 2023-2024 by the Diversity Council of Australia, after participating in the Inclusive Employer Index for the first time,” said Jason Russell, CVGT Employment Chief Executive Officer.
“This achievement is an important recognition of our commitment to build a diverse, culturally aware and inclusive workforce as well as a testament to our continued focus to build economic and social inclusion for the communities in which we operate.”
The Inclusive Employer status recognises that inclusive workplaces occur when a diversity of people are respected, connected, progressing and contributing to organisational success.
To be eligible participating DCA members must invite at least 65% of their employees to participate in the DCA’s Inclusive Employer Index Assessment, where at least 20% provide detailed responses about their experience of inclusion at work.
“A big thanks to the 72% of CVGT Employment staff that took the time to complete the assessment survey, it’s much appreciated,” said Mr Russell.
The assessment results show how active and committed to inclusion participating employers are against the National Index Benchmark. To achieve Inclusive Employer status, participating organisations must exceed the benchmark on at least five out of six measures; awareness of diversity and inclusion action, engagement with diversity and inclusion action, inclusive organisational climate, inclusive leadership, inclusive team, and exclusion.
“CVGT Employment is thrilled to announce it exceeded the National Index Benchmark in all the six measures,” said Fleur Cousins, CVGT Employment General Manager.
In 2023, CVGT Employment celebrates 40 years of operation, supporting thousands of people into employment across a range of employment programs. Starting in 1983 with one employee supporting 15 apprentices in Bendigo, CVGT Employment now employ over 400 people across three states in over 100 locations.
“Inclusion and diversity are integral to our culture and how we live our values. As an employment services provider, reflecting the diversity of the people we support, and our communities enables us to better understand and respond to their needs,” said Fleur Cousins.
“We listen to our people and the experiences of those we support. We understand that employment builds capacity for social and economic inclusion. It is transformational for individuals, business and their communities. Therefore, as we continue to grow, we remain steadfast in our commitment to continue to improve and strengthen our progress on greater diversity and inclusion.”
We work closely with businesses and industries to build inclusive practices, improve equality, and ensure every person has access to employment. We urge all businesses to develop pathways to employment for people of all ages and abilities. We urge all employers to consider the benefits of a diverse workforce – and we are here to help you make that happen.