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Workplace diversity: what gets measured gets improved

Above: Participants brainstorming at the RA Leadership Forum on Diversity.

In a strong and highly visible display of industry commitment to a more diverse workplace, some 160 participants turned out for our half-day Leadership Forum on Diversity in Melbourne this week.

Sponsored by Jacobs, the Forum featured a range of senior speakers from industry and government, including VicRoads CEO, John Merritt; Head of Transport for Victoria, Gillian Miles; Director of the Federal Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Libby Lyons; and Jacobs VP, Patrick Hill.

Participants were invited to put forward their ideas and answers to questions like:

  • What's the business case?
  • What are we doing right and where are we falling short?
  • Are we on track to achieve significant improvements over the next decade or so? If not, why not?

Our participants were told that the starting point for real change is data. The message was what gets measured gets improved - so gather the data, analyse it, and then report it to boards.

And to underline the strong business case for diversity, it was pointed out that a 6% increase in the female participation rate would boost the level of GDP by 11%.

RA will be looking to host more such events in the near future, so watch this space.

In the meantime, for an excellent summary of this week's deliberations, read the article by Jacob's Jayne Fraser on LinkedIn.

Above right: Panellists (L to R) Nicole Stoddart, AECOM; Allan Jones, ART Resource Services; and Gillian Ingliss from the University of Queensland. Below: RA's Lauren Streifer (centre) makes a point during workshop discussions.

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Upcoming Roads Australia events

2017 RA National Roads Summit (Sydney)

Get in early to secure your seat or corporate table for the biggest event on the national industry calendar in 2017 - the RA National Roads Summit.

This event is now CLOSED - for any late changes contact

Wednesday May 31 2017
08:30 till 15:00

2017 RA John Shaw Award Dinner ONLY (Sydney)

Get in early to secure your seat or corporate table for the biggest event on the national industry calender in 2017 - the RA John Shaw Award Dinner. Proudly sponsored by Arup.

SOLD OUT Please contact Rachael for any possible last seats or changes 

Wednesday May 31 2017
18:30 till 22:30

2017 RA John Shaw Award Dinner (BY INVITATION Waitlisted Seats)

Get in early to secure your seat or corporate table for the biggest event on the national industry calender in 2017 - the RA John Shaw Award Dinner. Proudly sponsored by Arup.

SOLD OUT Please contact Rachael for any possible last seats or changes 

Wednesday May 31 2017
18:30 till 22:30

RA Industry Luncheon with Bernard Salt (Sydney)

Social commentator Bernard Salt joins us to help unravel the social impacts and economic challenges associated with new technologies, particularly in transport. Part of the 2017 Cardno Series.

Thursday June 1 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA Drinks - Corporate Social Responsibility (Sydney)

Join us for drinks to celebrate RA's partnership with CareerSeekers, a non-for-profit that helps set up industry internships for highly skilled and university-level refugees and asylum seekers. Proudly sponsored by Lendlease.

Thursday June 8 2017
15:30 till 17:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Stephen Mulligan (Adelaide)


Join us in the more intimate setting of the RA single-table format for this member-exclusive lunch with Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan. Proudly sponsored by Fulton Hogan.
Wednesday June 14 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Jeff McCarthy (Sydney)


Jeff McCarthy joins us again for one of our regular single-table events.  This is a premium member networking opportunity. Part of the 2017 Advisian Series.

Friday June 16 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA Board Dinner (Brisbane)


The Roads Australia Directors host this exclusive and high-level dinner. Guest speaker is Building Queensland CEO, Damian Gould. Part of the 2017 Coffey Series.

Tuesday June 20 2017
18:30 till 22:00

RA Young Professionals Networking Event (Sydney)

Join us for our first Young Professionals event in Sydney, a stellar networking event for the next generation of industry leaders. Part of the 2017 Arup Series.  
Thursday June 22 2017
15:30 till 17:30

RA Industry Luncheon with Tim Pallas (Melbourne)

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas joins us to break down the State Budget at this major industry lunch. Part of the 2017 SMEC Australia Series.
Friday June 23 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA Forum (Perth)

Our annual Perth Forum is the biggest event on our WA calendar. This year's event will be opened by Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, with our lunch speaker being Department of Transport Director-General, Richard Sellers. Proudly sponsored by Altus Traffic, BMD Constructions and Advisian.

Tuesday June 27 2017
08:30 till 14:30

RA Policy - Western Sydney of the Future Forum (Sydney)

Join us for our inaugural Western Sydney of the Future Forum, an initiative of the RA Sustainability Chapter. Proudly sponsored by AECOM.
Thursday June 29 2017
10:00 till 14:30

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