We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world.

We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture.

We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. Here are some of the ways we're building a safe and welcoming culture.

Pride@CSIRO

Pride@CSIRO is a professional network and social community for LGBTQI+ identifying employees and allies. The network promotes and drives the inclusion of LGBTQI+ employees by; raising awareness, supporting peers and challenging discrimination. Pride@CSIRO actively contributes to building a safe and welcoming workplace culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. For further information, please email Pride@csiro.au

Gender equity

To be a truly diverse organisation we need to reflect the diversity that we see in society. We need the skills and knowledge to innovate for tomorrow and an understanding of today’s big questions and how they affect everyone. However, women still hold far fewer leadership positions than men particularly in STEM fields where only 18 per cent of leadership positions are held by women. We're addressing gender equity through our work with the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot and the Male Champions of Change (MCC) initiative.

Balance

We recognise that flexible work is a key enabler of gender equality – that's why we offer a range of options for how, when and where staff work, and encourage our staff to use the programs and tools that support them in creating balance between their career and the things outside that matter most. We're working to accelerate uptake in flexible work across all parts of our organisation, because we recognise that removing barriers allows us to harness our diversity, support our team's health and wellbeing, empower our people and increase team productivity. Find out more about our flexible working arrangements program called 'Balance'.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

We have been member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of the Athena SWAN program since 2015. Athena SWAN has been successfully advancing workplace gender equity and inclusiveness in science and technology organisations in the United Kingdom for over a decade.

As part of our application for the SAGE Bronze Accreditation we reviewed the representation and lived experience of our people across a range of demographics including age, gender, culture, language, disability, LGBTQI+ and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Where there were demographics that were underrepresented, we worked to find out why and whether there were barriers that could be removed to create a truly inclusive environment. We began implementing our 90-point SAGE Action Plan in mid-2018. In November 2018, we were awarded Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation among 14 other research institutions.

SAGE at CSIRO has been an exemplar of broad and deep consultation and collaboration, with hundreds of staff across all functional areas and levels of seniority involved in identifying key challenges and developing CSIRO's SAGE Action Plan. For further information, please email SAGEProjectTeam@csiro.au

Male Champions of Change

The Male Champions of Change (MCC) Institute works with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in tackling gender inequality. It activates peer groups of influential male leaders and supports them to step up beside women to accelerate change. They have committed to work together to listen, learn and lead through action. Rather than focusing on what women can do, they strive to shift the system by understanding and addressing systemic biases and barriers that limit women’s advancement. MCC recognises that gender equality benefits everyone and we all have a role to play.

Larry Marshall, our Chief Executive, is a member of the MCC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) group which is looking at ways to increase the number of women in STEM.

Indigenous engagement

We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made and will continue to make extraordinary contributions to all aspects of Australian life including culture, economy and science.  We are committed to ensuring the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and engaging and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Our Indigenous Engagement Strategy aims to achieve greater Indigenous participation in our research and development agenda and activities. This participation will ensure that we benefit from the insights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can bring to the national challenges. It also provides a means of ensuring that our activities are as effective as possible in contributing to the challenges and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The strategy addresses four areas: scientific opportunities, employment, education and outreach, and cultural learning and development.

CSIRO is currently a member of the Diversity Council of Australia , Pride in Diversity , the Male Champions of Change (MCC) initiative, and the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program. These programs, along with our internal networks and community groups, support us to foster change within the organisation.

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