By Peter Farrugia
Flourish Australia is proud to announce its recent recognition as Gold Service Provider in the 2019 Australian Health and Wellbeing Equality Index; as a result of our dedication to LGBTI inclusion. At Flourish Australia, we embrace diversity and are proud of our inclusive ethos and practices.
The AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) sets benchmarks which offer Australian businesses a yardstick to measure their practice of inclusion and equality for LGBTI people.
The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) measures workplace inclusion and diversity. It involves evaluating an organisation’s inclusive practice for its LGBTI staff. These measures enable Flourish Australia to attract a suitably qualified, lived-experience workforce to work with and support diverse peoples.
The Health and Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) measures inclusive service provisions an organisation offers its customers.
For Flourish Australia, this refers to service provisions for the people who access our supports and services.
Each benchmark contains a range of categories and stringent measures, each demanding evidence of practice. To participate, an organisation must demonstrate its continuous practice of diversity, equality and inclusion. It is a year-long process that requires absolute commitment and dedication from everyone. This ensures diversity, equality and inclusion are embedded into the core structures of the organisation and prevents ‘face-value’ attempts to claim participation.
Receiving the 2019 Gold Service Provider award is an important achievement and we thank our staff for their commitment to excellence.