In 2016 the Leading for Change report highlighted the lack of cultural diversity represented within the senior leadership positions in Australian business, politics, government and universities. It challenged us to do better in making the most of the
talents in our multicultural nation.
We have revisited the Leading for Change exercise for a number of reasons. Since Australia does not yet officially collect comprehensive data on cultural diversity within organisations and institutions, independent research is crucial to ensuring we know the state of play. We also believe it is important to highlight what leaders and organisations are doing to support cultural diversity and inclusion.
We hope this report challenges readers to think deeply about cultural diversity. Ultimately, we hope it will be used by leaders and organisations as a blueprint for action – because our national success and prosperity depends on us getting the most from our multicultural talents.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commissioner,
Australian Human Rights Commission
Professor Greg Whitwell
The University of Sydney Business School
Chair, Professional and Business Services Taskforce,
The Committee for Sydney
Chief Executive Officer,
Asia Society Australia