Member Connect: Race, Culture & Religion
3:30 PM15:30

Member Connect: Race, Culture & Religion

As diversity champions, we hear a lot about bringing our authentic selves to work but how comfortable do we feel extending this to sharing information about our race and religion? It can sometimes feel like a taboo topic, so DPA are bringing it into the spotlight for our next Member Connect session.

Member connect sessions are more casual, roundtable discussions where everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the conversation. It's also a safe spot to table ideas, ask sticky questions, talk through challenges as well as share successes and learn from others. 

Come along and join the discussion to talk about identity, community and a few quick wins (beyond Harmony Day!) for workplaces to be inclusive about race and religion. 

We will kindly be hosted by U&U for this event. 

This is a member-only event if you're having trouble locating your link to register - please email 

View Event →
"What About Me?" - When Your Employees Feel Disengaged by Diversity.
2:45 PM14:45

"What About Me?" - When Your Employees Feel Disengaged by Diversity.

  • Corporate Branch | Department of Transport and Main Roads (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the last few years we have seen a significant increase in the number of organisations focusing on creating more diverse and inclusive cultures. In the Australian context, and particularly here in Brisbane, we have found most organisations have begun this process by focusing on gender, LGBTQI and Indigenous engagement. Whilst we at the DPA celebrate numerous ground-breaking initiatives and policies progressing us towards greater inclusion, an interesting and counteracting phenomenon has recently been raising its head: Diversity backlash.

In recent times we have seen a stronger verbalisation of people’s uncertainty, discomfort and sometimes downright disagreement with the diversity focus. Employees, who don’t feel as though they belong to a diversity category, are voicing their frustrations with being left out.

In this Masterclass we will explore some of the factors contributing to diversity backlash and what we can do to engage all people in our organisations, whether they be from majority or minority groups. This event will showcase a fascinating group of panellists to discuss the work they have been doing to overcome resistance and demonstrate how a more diverse and inclusive culture benefits everyone, irrespective of the group they might identify with.

We are very pleased to announce that our panellists will include:

Rob Reed, MinterEllison  Special Councel, OAM

Rob is passionate about coordinating MinterEllison’s legal expertise and other resources to make a difference in the community. He was instrumental in developing the firm’s Community Investment Program and continue to manage the Brisbane office’s active involvement. This includes coordinating pro bono referrals, MinterEllison’s significant commitment to LawRight’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC), and award-winning partnerships with organisations such as Glenala State High School and Australia’s CEO Challenge. Rob’s career has had many highlights, including winning the Queensland Law Society Individual Pro Bono Award in 2009 and was a finalist in the law category of the 2013 Human Rights Awards. With more than 15 years' experience in this area, Rob enjoys sharing his knowledge and strategies for effective community engagement and works collaboratively to find innovative ways to address pressing community issues.

Rachel Durdin, General Manager - Project Shaping, Growth & Innovation, Rio Tinto

Rachel has worked across a across a number of industries in both the private and public sector. She has held accountability for delivering varied business outcomes including project delivery, business improvements and mergers and acquisitions. She is currently Rio Tinto’s Growth and Innovation Project Shaping general manager working with product groups to identify acceptable project boundaries and scope aligned with the company’s strategy, priorities, and values. Rachel actively supports Rio Tinto's membership on the Australian Male Champions of Change group which is set up to materially shift the balance for gender equality in Australia. Her role is to leverage the membership and the work of other organisations to ensure Rio Tinto is an equal and safe workplace for all employees. She is also responsible for Rio Tinto’s recent achievement of becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace and ongoing work in Domestic and Family Violence.

Dee Gibbons CSC OAM PhD, Director Workplace Diversity and Inclusion - University of Queensland.

Dr Deanne (Dee) Gibbon CSC leads staff Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Queensland and holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Deanne’s most recent role, before joining UQ, was as NATO’s Senior Gender Advisor to the Resolute Support Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. Deanne has previously served as the Head of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office (SEMPRO) and the Project Director for the ADF’s Review into the Treatment of Women. She was also a founding member of the Australian Chief of Defence Force’s Gender Equity Advisory Board (GEAB), and Air Force’s inaugural Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion. Dee’s PhD studies focused on increasing women’s representation in deeply masculine occupations; the application of her findings resulted in more than doubling the number of women pilots in the Royal Australian Air Force within a four year period. In each of these roles, Dee faced high degrees of backlash towards diversity and inclusion outcomes and cultural reform activities; as such, she has become extremely adept at managing large-scale cultural change in potentially hostile contexts.

The panel discussion will be followed by a workshop segment giving you the opportunity to consider how you can best engage all members of your organisation to create sustainable inclusivity. 

This masterclass is suited for diversity and inclusion practitioners, leaders and influencers who are responsible for setting workplace culture. 


  • 2:45pm registration

  • 3:00pm masterclass commences

  • 4:30pm masterclass concludes.

Drinks and nibbles will be served during the masterclass. 

DPA would like to thank the Department of Transport and Main Roads for donating the venue space for this event. 

Secure your place here:

The Diversity Practitioners Association is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, Cardno, Queensland Urban Utilities and Australia’s CEO Challenge


View Event →
DPA Open House
12:00 PM12:00

DPA Open House


Have you been curious about the Diversity Practitioners Association (DPA)? Never heard of us? Or know us well but want to introduce a friend? On Thursday 12 July we’re opening our doors for you to come and learn more. 

The Diversity Practitioners Association is an industry association for those progressing diversity and inclusion in Australian organisations. Based in Queensland, our mission is to support individuals, organisations and practitioners actively seeking to build and sustain diverse and inclusive organisations. The DPA was established in 2016, we are focused on growing the network of practitioners across South East Queensland – if you’re focused on making a difference in organisations, we’d love to meet you.

The DPA Open House event is an obligation-free opportunity to stop in, have a bite to eat, meet some other diversity change makers and learn about the association and what we have planned for the next year. Enjoy a light lunch and go in the draw for a free 12 month individual membership with the DPA.  U&U Recruitment Partners have generously shared their space for this event.

Please RSVP for this free event by clicking here – places are limited. We look forward to seeing you!


View Event →
Strength Based Engagement - Insights into Aboriginal Terms of Reference.
10:00 AM10:00

Strength Based Engagement - Insights into Aboriginal Terms of Reference.

Join us for an informative 2 hour workshop with internationally recognised facilitator Mundanara Bayles from BlackCard. During this session you will be introduced to the BlackCard programs which are based on Aboriginal Terms of Reference and are designed to enable participants to embark on a shared journey of learning which revolves around understanding the historical context and impacts of current social structures on Aboriginal participation, exploring what is possible and discovering the role organisations can play in developing communities of respect and individual conduct.

View Event →
Annual General Meeting of the Diversity Practitioners Association
to Dec 2

Annual General Meeting of the Diversity Practitioners Association

  • Level 22, Waterfront Place Brisbane Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Annual General Meeting of the Diversity Practitioners Association will be held on 30 November 2017. The meeting will be  3:00pm – 3:30pm  Level 22 Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane City

The business of the meeting will include  Presidents Report  DPA financial report  Appointing an auditor or an accountant for the present financial year;  Electing members of the management committee

View Event →
Inclusion Masterclass
10:15 AM10:15

Inclusion Masterclass

  • 26 Reddacliff Street Newstead, QLD, 4006 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You’re invited to join the Diversity Practitioners Association’s masterclass focusing on diversity’s hot topic: inclusion.

The session will delve into how to leverage diversity through inclusion by exploring:

  • The critical elements in creating an environment of inclusion

  • The key takeaways from the recent research on inclusion

  • Activities and resources to engage others on the topic of inclusion

  • The collective knowledge of other diversity practitioners on what works, what doesn't and ideas on where to next

View Event →
The Diversity Practitioners Association, UN Women National Committee Australia and QUT present: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Symposium
9:45 AM09:45

The Diversity Practitioners Association, UN Women National Committee Australia and QUT present: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Symposium

  • QUT Executive Centre, Gardens Point Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

1 in every 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, 1 in 5 children will witness violence in their home and tragically, two people die every week from domestic and family violence. Given these statistics, the vast majority of workplaces in Australia have both survivors and perpetrators of violence in the workforce.

Organisations have a critical role to play in enabling change. UN Women National Committee Australia with the Diversity Practitioners Association and QUT Graduate School of Business invite you to explore the practical action businesses can take at the Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Symposium on Friday 12 May.

View Event →
LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Fair
3:00 PM15:00

LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Fair

The fair will showcase key contributors to the LGBTQIA+ community (watch us on social media for our contributors big release!) as they workshop sessions on best practice programs of work, professional training, game-changing opportunities, the language of inclusion, transgender transition and more.

View Event →
Book Launch: Rules of the Game by Teagan Dowler
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch: Rules of the Game by Teagan Dowler

The Diversity Practitioners Association (DPA) invites you to a special evening celebrating the launch of the must-have book of the season!

We are absolutely delighted to give you some airtime with the talented Teagan Dowler from The Blue Collared Woman as she regales us on her experience and research of women working in masculine industries.  Teagan's recently published book, 'Rules of the Game: Women in the Masculine Industries' is a real gem, packed with insight.

Come and join us at a book launch like no other with hearty conversation, nourishing bites and the opportunity to see this rising author up close and personal. 


Register here!

Cost: This is a free event.

About the author

With over 10 years firsthand experience in the mining and construction industries, and academic qualifications of a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Masters in Human Resource Management Teagan is well placed to comment on how employers can position themselves to foster a truly inclusive workplace and leverage diversity to improve performance. For more information about the author, please visit

About the book

Rules of the Game explores the world of engineering, resources and construction from the perspectives of over 50 women and men who work in these industries. Their comments and stories have been collected anonymously to provide the reader with an unfiltered view of the realities faced by women in these industries. Drawing on a wealth of academic research and qualitative reports, Rules of the Game succinctly delivers recommendations on how to overcome the challenges and make the most of the advantages.

The Rules of the Game book and merchandise will be available for signing and purchase on the night via cash or credit card.


There will be a selection of grazing dishes on the evening as well as a complimentary drink on arrival. Please advise of dietary requirements by emailing

We look forward to seeing you there!


View Event →
Masterclass on Domestic and Family Violence
7:30 AM07:30

Masterclass on Domestic and Family Violence

Masterclass Event: Addressing Family and Domestic Violence – for employers

We’re excited to announce the Diversity Practitioners Association Masterclass breakfast event, with the first topic “Addressing Family and Domestic Violence- for employers”.

The Masterclass is a unique opportunity to hear from an expert panel on DFV policies and insights, as well as network with fellow practitioners across various industries.

Esteemed panellists include:

  • Belinda Jefferys, Bank of Queensland
  • Salli Hood, KPMG
  • Donna Shkalla, Uniting Care
  • Melissa Williams, Public Service Commission

We hope you can join us for this highly topical and practical Masterclass, which aims to equip you with knowledge to enact change within your own workplace.

Details are as follows:

Date:Wednesday 17th August 2016

Time:7.30am for an 8am start (9.30am finish)

Venue:BOQ, Level 7, 100 Skyring Terrace, Newstead QLD



Costs: Free for DPA members and BOQ (Sponsor) staff. $40 for non-members.

There has never been a more exciting time to become a DPA member. With membership from $99/annum for an individual and access to four targeted masterclass events, resources, toolkits and much more! Email the Diversity Practitioners Association for more information.

A light breakfast, tea and coffee will be provided. 

View Event →
DPA Launch Event
5:00 PM17:00

DPA Launch Event

We’re excited to announce the creation of the Diversity Practitioners Association (DPA) and invite you to come and cut the ribbon with us at our launch!

The Diversity Practitioners Association has been established to support individuals and organisations actively seeking to build and sustain diverse and inclusive organisations.

Our launch event is a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of the Association and discuss the interests of those progressing diversity and inclusion. 

The event will feature insights from the Diversity Practitioners Association Management Committee:

  • Darren Hooper, Aurizon
  • Andrea Smith, Ergon Energy
  • Gemma Lloyd, Diverse City Careers
  • Teagan Dowler, The Blue Collared Woman
  • Sally Queitzsch, Local Government Association of Queensland, and
  • Alexandra Taylor, Cardno

Be part of this network as it takes shape and elevates the diversity and inclusion agenda in Queensland!

Connect with Brisbane’s professionals driving the diversity agenda

View Event →