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Uniting receives triple award for LGBTQI+ commitment

Uniting becomes Australia’s only faith-based NFP to receive a Rainbow Tick accreditation

Uniting has been recognised for its commitment to LGBTQI+ groups in the 2018 Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI).

The AWEI awards serve to recognise organisations that have demonstrated commitment and inclusivity to the LGBTQI+ community.

Uniting Director Customer, People and Systems, Jill Reich, said the AWEI awards recognised Uniting’s aim to support community services across the organisation.

“One of the major aims of Uniting is to confront injustice to create an inclusive, connected and just world. This includes advocating for compassion and inclusivity for all Australians, including the many LGBTQI+ members of our community.”

The 2018 awards saw more than 130 applicants submitted their commitment by demonstrating their inclusiveness in the previous calendar year and were benchmarked against other organisations.

Uniting received three awards; a gold employer award, the Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion award, and Uniting team member, Kimberly Olsen, received the Sapphire Inspire Award for lesbian, bi or trans woman of influence in the workplace.

The AWEI awards are in addition to Uniting being the only faith-based Not-for-Profit in Australian to receive the Rainbow Tick accreditation, which it first received in 2015 for aged care and corporate services. The foundation also received awards from AWEI in previous years for Best Not-for-Profit and Pride in Diversity.

“These awards recognise Uniting’s ethos of welcoming people exactly as they are,” Reich said. “In addition to promoting inclusivity within the workplace, Uniting teams also proudly participate in LGBTQI+ community events across the state.”

Such events include the Broken Heel Festival in Broken Hill, Fruitopia Fes0tival in Lismore, Pride Marches in Dubbo and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

“All Uniting community services, including youth services, aged care and chaplaincy, are backed by an organisation-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity,” Reich said. “We welcome all people irrespective of sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity or intersex status.”

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