Case study - Diversity & Inclusion Plan

by ABC
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia's national public broadcaster. The ABC has offices in every Australian state and territory, and employs the equivalent of approximately 4300 full-time employees.

The ABC has established a governance structure to guide and track its approach and ensure top-down accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes across the Corporation. Under this structure, the ABC’s Managing Director and Leadership Team hold overall responsibility for the Diversity and Inclusion program, with appropriate targets and strategies included in their performance objectives.

As part of its strategic priority the ABC in 2019 created its Diversity & Inclusion Plan, covering a three-year period from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2022. The Plan focuses on five key diversity areas – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Disability, Gender and LGBTQIA+.

The Plan provides a strategic roadmap to help the ABC develop an inclusive culture throughout the Corporation and was developed after extensive consultation with the ABC divisions and diversity champions.

The Plan is centred around three strategic goals:

  • A diverse workforce: To recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the make-up of the Australian community
  • An inclusive workplace culture: To foster a workplace culture that is inclusive, collaborative and accountable and supports the talent and diversity of our people
  • Inclusive content, products and services: To reflect and represent the diversity of the Australian community in our content, products and the services we provide

The ABC also released its Five-year Plan in June 2020 re-affirming its commitment to its Indigenous, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.


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