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LGBTI-friendly award for Uniting

Uniting named one of Australia’s most LGBTI-friendly employers, once again

Uniting has been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 LGBTI-friendly employers, and the best Not-For-Profit employer of LGBTI people in Australia in the 2016 Pride in Diversity Awards – ACON’s industry awards which recognise Australia’s most inclusive places to work.

Uniting, one of the country’s largest aged care providers recently achieved a Rainbow Tick, accrediting the organisation as an LGBTI-friendly provider of aged care services. ACON’s award recognises the organisation’s efforts in creating safe and welcoming spaces not only for its clients and residents, but for its employees as well.

Peter Worland, Executive Director of Uniting said he was humbled by the achievement, “There is nothing more that we strive for each day than to ensure everyone feels free to live the life they choose. This year Uniting has celebrated some special achievements in partnership with the LGBTI communities, but we need to acknowledge there is still more to be done – receiving this award today will spur us on in our work and advocacy.”

Melanie Dicks from Uniting, one of the driving forces behind the roll-out of the organisation’s inclusive practices said she was proud to see Uniting recognised again in this year’s awards, “It means so much to me to work for an organisation that is so committed to achieving truly inclusive services. It takes work and commitment to tackle discrimination in the workplace. I hope others will feel encouraged by our achievement, and we ultimately see more and more organisations like ours fostering inclusiveness and celebrating diversity.”


Media contact: Alison Thyer, Media and Public Affairs Manager (athyer@uniting.org or 0457 568 938).

Notes to the editor:

At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. As an organisation, we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

In 2015, Uniting was included in Pride in Diversity’s list of “Top 20 Employers” in Australia for LGBTI people.

Uniting was the faith-based organisation in Australia to be recognised officially as LGBTI-friendly, and proudly marches each year in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to advocate for older members of the LGBTI community.

Uniting is a member of Pride in Diversity.