Wednesday 4 March 2015

The Australian Human Rights Commission is reaching out to the business community to help employers embrace diversity and prevent discrimination in the workplace.

A suite of free online resources were unveiled at a launch event in Sydney today, hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Telstra.

The ‘Good practice, good business’ resources provide advice on a range of issues including recruitment and retention of older workers, gender equality, sexual harassment, race discrimination, employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, employment of people with disabilities, domestic and family violence, mental illness and supporting carers in the workplace.

Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs said the resources provide support for employers to meet their obligations under Australian anti-discrimination law.

Good practice, good business offers practical measures to promote inclusive practices and achieve workplace diversity,” Professor Triggs said.

“It will assist Australian employers to prevent discrimination in all its forms and advance human rights in the community.

“The resources will also help employers to recruit and retain the best talent, enhance productivity and improve performance through promoting diversity and preventing discrimination.”

Telstra Business Group Managing Director Will Irving said the Good practice, good business initiative offers value for all businesses regardless of their size.

“Diversity and eliminating discrimination should be of importance to every employer, whether you have a workforce of 35,000 employees, 350 or a staff of three,” Mr Irving said.

“The Good practice, good business tools are practical ways for any business to make informed decisions and improve customer service. We know at Telstra we have performed better by creating a diverse, inclusive workforce and are proud to be helping empower businesses to be more productive and relevant to all their customers.”

Professor Triggs said working with business was a key priority of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

“We are continuing to build strong relationships with senior business leaders, human resources professionals, small to medium businesses and peak bodies to encourage a culture of respect and responsibility that values dignity and human rights,” Professor Triggs said.

For more information or to access the free resources visit 

Media contact: Angela Dorizas on 0430 366 529