The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) stands as the definitive national benchmark on LGBTQ workplace inclusion.

It comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees.  

The Australian LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Awards is an event celebrating and awarding Australia’s top organisations for LGBTIQ+ inclusion based on the results of AWEI, in addition to leaders, individuals and networks that have made a significant impact on LGBTIQ+ inclusion within their workplaces. This event is held every year to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. (IDAHOBIT) 

UNSW was recognised by AWEI with Bronze awards in 2018 and 2019 and then achieved the level of Gold Employer status in 2020, acknowledging the University’s students and staff as leaders in LGBTIQ+ inclusion. 

AWEI gold award

“It is a testament to the hard work that has been done to make UNSW a better workplace for LGBTIQ+ people." - Dr Bridget Haire, UNSW LGBTIQ+ Champion

AWEI drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors. For this reason alone, the Index has to be comprehensive and rigorous. The work compiled annually by employers submitting for the Index is a testament to the importance of LGBTIQ+ inclusion with their current diversity and inclusion initiatives.