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A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

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Talk to anyone at EY and they’ll tell you it’s a rewarding place to work in so many ways. We attract high-performing individuals from different backgrounds and experiences who – like you – bring a unique point of view and business skills.

Every one of us is different and at EY we value and respect individual differences and the diversity of thought that they bring. Across EY Oceania, we continue to work hard to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background they have.

We pride ourselves on our inclusive environment, one where everyone feels comfortable to be themselves and this is championed at every level of the organisation from senior leadership through to our employee networks which are founded and managed by our people. The networks allow colleagues to connect with those of similar origin, ethnicity, religion, background or family. The network groups are open to everyone who wants to find out more, show their support and celebrate the diversity we have at EY. Examples of these and how we champion diversity at EY are included below:

Our employee Gender Network for EY people of all genders provides opportunities for its members to learn and expand their networks by engaging with different perspectives on gender in the workplace. By bringing everyone into the conversation, this network aims to further progress gender equality in the workplace.

We believe that parenting is a shared responsibility and so we offer flexible parental leave to celebrate the arrival of a new child. Our people are supported throughout the transition to parenthood and return to work through access to mentoring and a digital coaching platform.

For the past 15 years, we have successfully retained the accolade of WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender and are proud of our focussed attention in bringing the gender pay gap down to less than 1%.

Ability EY, our network for those living with, caring for or allies of those with a disability aims to elevate disability inclusion and ensure accessibility in the EY workplace in order to recognise the contribution that all of our people can bring to the world.

We are proud at EY to be one of the 4% of companies globally who include disability in our diversity agenda (World Economic Forum 2019) and one of the first companies to sign up to the Valuable 500. In 2017 we launched our first Access and Inclusion Plan outlining our ongoing commitment to disability inclusion for our people and clients, we are making great inroads but acknowledge there is plenty to learn and are silver members with the Australian Network on Disability to assist us with this.

Our global network group Unity, is for our LGBTI people and their straight allies and aims to create a sustainable, inclusive culture where LGBTI individuals at EY can be their authentic selves at work.

This remains a core focus of our D&I strategy, we have maintained Gold Employer recognition for three successive years and we were named the 2018 Employer of the Year for LGBTI Inclusion through the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

Our Unity, EY Oceania Leader, Gina Mills, won the Inspirational Role Model award at the 2018 New Zealand LGBTI Awards for her work in raising awareness and providing support in the LGBTI community. This is in addition to the Rainbow Tick certification we hold in NZ.

We continue to champion a focus on mental health for LGBTI youth across Australia through our ongoing collaboration with ReachOut and also with our contribution to diverse sporting teams like the Sydney Convicts.

[email protected], our largest cultural diversity network which supports our culturally diverse leaders and emerging leaders to realise their potential, and to foster two-way dialogue and knowledge sharing between professionals of different heritages and faiths.

Our flexible working options also allow individuals to substitute public holidays for a day of cultural significance.

Last year, our Cultural Diversity mentoring program, paired 232 culturally diverse individuals across 9 difference cities across Oceania with leaders to explore career and development opportunities. 

EY people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are supported by their employee network, as well as by our Cultural Safety Empowerment Manger. The Bama Gala committee creates opportunities to engage and inform all EY staff on the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In New Zealand, our Māori staff are supported by their employee network to promote and nurture the growth of Māori talent in to and within EY.

We also have sector specific offerings through our Indigenous Sector Practice and EY Tahi. All Indigenous staff across Australia and New Zealand are provided with compassionate leave to help fulfil their cultural responsibilities.

When we act on our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, we maximise the power of our differences to achieve better business results, for ourselves and for our clients.

Underpinning our diverse workforce is a leadership commitment to providing our people with the flexibility they need to meet both their professional and personal goals. Flexibility is needed by us all from time to time to meet those one-off events, study for an exam, take our child to the doctor, train for a sporting event or see your niece in her first school play. Others may need a longer term arrangement to look after an aging relative, manage a disability or pick up children after school or work towards a degree.

Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities. By enabling our people to bring their whole selves to work, sets EY apart from our competitors and attracts and retains our talent.

A selection of our accolades and affiliations:

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Hear from our people why diversity and inclusion is so important to us.

Follow our thought leaders as they actively and independently share their thoughts on key D&I topics:


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