Our success as a company depends on great people who are talented and determined to succeed. We’re proactive and passionate about making sure our workplaces are diverse and inclusive, and that all our people have the opportunity to shine.
We’re committed to improving diversity in the workplace, with ambitious gender equality targets. In the 2015-16 financial year, we achieved 30.6 per cent female representation across Telstra. Our goal is to increase that to 32 per cent in FY17, through initiatives such as gender-balanced recruitment, inclusive leadership and flexible working. We have specific policies about diversity and inclusion, fairness and flexibility – the starting point for all roles at Telstra.
We encourage all Telstra people to get involved as active champions of gender equality and inclusion. We’re an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and a signatory to the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles. Our CEO, Andrew Penn, is also a member of Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs committed to stepping up beside women to show leadership on gender equality.
Other initiatives include the “panel pledge”, to increase female representation on panels and at speaking events, and a focus on gender pay equity. We examine our remuneration data every year to identify any disparities that can’t be explained by differences in length of service, or levels of performance or role type.
We have many employee networks where people can build relationships and influence, learn and support each other. These include our Brilliant Connected Women network, which brings together more than 2000 women and men across the business to share ideas, support each other and network.
We’re proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Females in IT and Telecommunications and a member of the Global Telecom Women’s Network, Catalyst, Community Business, Diversity Council Australia, Business Chicks and Women in Engineering.
Awards we’re proud of
Our commitment to gender equality and creating a truly inclusive workplace is not just about promises and policies; it’s about living and breathing it in our everyday actions. We’re proud to have received recognition for our work from leading organisations, including the Australian Human Resources Institute (2012, 2015) and Catalyst (2010). Since 2014, we’ve been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).