What is the Australian model of managing diversity?

Jawad Syed

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The paper endeavours to offer an objective assessment of Australian response to managing cultural diversity within formal employment sector. First, the paper offers an overview of the historical and the socio-political contexts of cultural diversity in Australia, which is followed by a discussion of how diversity is tackled from legal and organisational perspectives. The discussion seeks to identify the broad features of what the paper terms as ‘Australian model of managing diversity’. The paper argues that the Australian model seeks to promote the business case of managing diversity, which is a response to (1) the demographic changes in the Australian population, and (2) the historical evolution of social policy from assimilation (White Australia Policy) to inclusion (multiculturalism). In practice however the model seems to be predominantly focused on gender and individuality, lacking adequate structures to manage ethnic/racial, religious and other cultural differences in the workplace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationManagement : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities
EditorsJessica Kennedy, Lee Di Milia
Place of PublicationRockhampton, Queensland
PublisherCentral Queensland University
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)1921047348
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006) - Yeppoon, Qld.
Duration: 6 Dec 20069 Dec 2006


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference (20th : 2006)
CityYeppoon, Qld.


  • Australia
  • cultural diversity
  • equal employment opportunity
  • ethnicity
  • NESB
  • race


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