The Diversity Management approach to equal employment opportunity in Australian organisations

John Burgess, Erica French, Glenda Strachan

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This article assesses the 'Managing Diversity' (MD) approach in Australia, examining its drivers, discussing its relationship to legislation designed to promote equity, and examining it as a set of management practices. It has been plausibly argued, on efficiency grounds, that responsibility for achieving equality objectives must be shifted to organisations as this links contextual conditions to organisational processes. However, even where there is some prescription and guidance such as that provided by Australian Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legislation targeted specifically to women employees, both practice and outcomes are variable. This is even more the case with MD where there are no guiding principles or legislative support. The article examines the best practice EEO and MD programs of Australian organisations to demonstrate the approaches and programs that are being developed at the workplace and to highlight the limitations of the 'business case' approach underlying such programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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