20 - 21 May 2021


Diversity & Inclusion stream

Thursday 20 May 2021

The Diversity and Inclusion stream will kick off with a discussion on how we can all embrace indigenous culture. This will be followed by a session on how to build an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment culture. After lunch we’ll consider how we can build cultural diversity, bridging the equality gap, followed by a celebration of IDAHOBIT with Pride in Water.

The Diversity and Inclusion stream is bound to offer you plenty to think about when it comes to fostering a more inclusive and diverse sector.

Session 1 : Embracing our First Nations Peoples

An opportunity to grow your capacity to make genuine connections with Australia's Traditional Owners and build lasting relationships for future success.

Using a strength-based approach, we will explore how doing business together with First Nations peoples increases prosperity and generates wealth... for our lands, our waterways and all peoples.

11.00am - 11.45am Thursday 20 May

Session 2 : WaterAble

The WaterAble Network was established to support disability and inclusion in the water industry including people with physical disabilities; people with low hearing or low vision; people with long-term illness, including mental illness; people with brain injuries or people who are autistic.

WaterAble encourages people to consider the full range of disabilities in our community to ensure our organisations cater to all our employees and customers.

11.45am - 12.30pm Thursday 20 May

Session 3 : Enabling Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) inclusion in the Water sector through the lens of workforce, customer and community

This session will be an exploration of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CaLD) through multiple lenses including workforce/employment, community and customer.

The panel will provide examples of the work we have done through Melbourne Water’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which is contributing to the inclusion of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the programs and strategies that are supporting inclusion across the sector and the broader community.

The panel will be facilitated by Jill Sears and will feature:

  • Edyta Grzyb - Program Team Leader, Major Program Delivery at Melbourne Water
  • Liz Nairn - Acting Team Leader Strategic Communications and Engagement, Customer and Strategy at Melbourne Water
  • Dr Victor Sojo, Senior Lecturer in Leadership Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University

1.30pm - 2.15pm Thursday 20 May

Session 4 : Insights Program: Bridging the Gap

The Insight program was launched in 2019 by the Minister for Water to support gender equity and improve diversity at executive level roles in water corporations and catchment management authorities. During the first round, a parallel program called Bridging the Gap was introduced to include men in creating a common understanding of the leadership beliefs and behaviours needed to be successful in senior executive roles.

In this session, Helen Vaughan, Deputy Secretary, DELWP will be joined by Insight and Bridging the Gap participants to share their experiences of the program and reflect on how we can ensure that the best leaders are attracted, selected and supported to achieve their full potential and elevate the sector’s performance.

2.15pm - 3.00pm Thursday 20 May

Session 5-6 : IDAHOBIT - Creating rainbow change in the water industry

presented by Aurecon

Join Pride in Water to celebrate IDAHOBIT and LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the water industry

IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and discrimination against people with an intersex condition. The day raises awareness of the violence and discrimination against LGBTIQ+ communities worldwide.
3.30pm - 5.00pm Thursday 20 May

Final tickets close 14 May 2021

Program Partners 2021