At Amnesty International Australia we recognise that prioritising diversity, inclusion and wellbeing is more than a legislative requirement, it is essential to our success in challenging injustice as a human rights organisation.
We are committed to:
- Being a truly diverse, inclusive and safe movement.
- Ensuring that our people feel valued, respected, heard and seen.
- Providing a safe and healthy environment that prioritises mental health and wellbeing.
OUR VISION FOR DIVERSITY
We asked our movement to share their idea of a truly diverse and inclusive organisation, and we listened deeply to their responses.
This is our shared vision:
- A broad range of perspectives, approaches, and ideas can only make us a stronger human rights organisation.
- Everyone is encouraged to bring their full selves to the movement, be genuinely included, and have their differences valued.
- Diversity and inclusion is embedded in our research, advocacy and campaigns.
- We will empower impacted communities to be part of our activist leadership and for everyone to be part of our movement by providing a range of ways to participate.
- We will be an actively anti-racist movement that prioritises building the cultural competency of staff and activists, and intentionally addresses historical power imbalances.
Our organisation is built on diversity. It is important for all people in this country to be recognised in their diversity, not just a select few. When you’ve got proper diversity you’ve got an equal playing field for everyone.”
Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Advisor
Our Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Action Plan translates our vision into actionable goals. It provides a shared commitment and direction, so we can work together to respect and value our diversity and build a more inclusive and sustainable movement.
The priority areas are:
- Creating an inclusive, representative and culturally safe movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, activists and community partners.
- Creating an inclusive, representative and culturally safe movement for staff, activists and community partners with a culturally and linguistically diverse background, including people of colour and people with a lived refugee or asylum seeker experience.
- Strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of our movement.
PROGRESS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
In March 2021, we launched our Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Action Plan (2020-2022). Since then, there has been a lot of progress and achievements made in delivering on our diversity, inclusion and wellbeing goals including the development and launch of the following initiatives:
- Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing framework
- Cultural Proficiency framework
- Engagement Strategy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
- Engagement Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Anti-Racism Statement and Commitments
- Participation Policy and Protocol
- Inclusive Language Guide
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan
- Significant Dates Calendar
We are committed to implementing the actions outlined in the above strategies through the implementation of our latest Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Action Plan (2023-2025).
We will continue to focus on the priority areas from our 2021 Action Plan as we are committed to this continued journey of transformative change. While these are the key areas of focus, other priority areas for action may be prioritised over time.
Read our latest Action Plan to learn more.