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Uniting named NFP LGBTI employer of the year

Uniting has been named the highest ranking non-for-profit/charity in Australia’s 2016 Employer of the Year for LGBTI inclusion.

It was announced at an event held in Sydney by ACON’s Pride in Diversity (PID) program, a national not-for-profit employer program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Uniting received a rainbow Tick, accrediting the organisation as an LGBTI friendly provider of aged-care services. ACON’s award recognises the organisation’s efforts in creating safe and welcoming spaces for its clients and residents, as well as for its employees.

Peter Worland Executive Director of Uniting said he was humbled by the achievement.

“There is nothing more that we strive for each day than to ensure everyone feels free to live the life they choose,” said Worland.

“This year Uniting has celebrated some special achievements in partnership with the LGBTI communities, but we need to acknowledge there is still more to be done – receiving this award today will spur us on in our work and advocacy.”

Melanie Dicks, a Uniting worker, said she was proud to see Uniting recognised again in this year’s awards.

“It means so much to me to work for an organisation that is so committed to achieving truly inclusive services,” said Dicks.

“It takes work and commitment to tackle discrimination in the workplace. I hope others will feel encouraged by our achievement, and we ultimately see more and more organisations like ours fostering inclusiveness and celebrating diversity.”

Presenting at the awards ceremony held on May 20, Patron of Pride in Diversity the Hon Michael Kirby AC said, “Once again we come together to acknowledge the progress being made in Australia in inclusion and non-discrimination in work, sport and life.

“At occasions like this, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that ignorant and unscientific prejudice against LGBTI citizens has been overcome in our country…Unfortunately, this is not so,” said Kirby.

“Full equality has not been achieved in 2016. In fact there have been some notable reverses in the past year which we need to look squarely in the eyes; a clear sign that the struggle for dignity in Australia is far from over.”

Over 600 people attended the sold-out event at Doltone House in Sydney on May 20, emceed by Olympic Diver Matthew Mitcham. Speakers included PID patron the Hon. Michael Kirby and Paul Zahra, PwC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board Member and former CEO of David Jones.

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