2021 Census – telling Australia’s Story

This week, like most Australians, I participated in the National Census. We were told that participating is an important part of telling Australia’s story. Yet the feelings I’m left with after completing the census is ‘this is not my Australia, or my reality’.

As an Organisational Psychologist and an equity, diversity, and inclusion consultant at Symmtera I spend my time helping organisations, leaders, and teams to consciously adapt their language, behaviours and ways of working to be more inclusive of differences. I am often asked to review policies, processes, and documentation to help organisations hardwire equity, diversity, and inclusion into their DNA.

So, whilst it does not surprise me that in 2021 our national census embodies biased and limiting views of gender identity, family constructs, abilities, or health – to name a few – it certainly does disappoint me.

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