Standards Australia's Diversity Action Plan
Standards shape all aspects of society, positively impacting the way we work, our quality of life, the economy and more. Globally, women have been under-represented in contributing to these vital documents, reducing their effectiveness for a large portion of the population.
To address this inequality, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) launched the Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development, which Standards Australia signed in February 2023.
By signing the Declaration, Standards Australia has acknowledged that outcomes for men and women are not always explicitly addressed during the standards development process and pledged to take steps to make standards - and the standards development process - more gender responsive.
The first step in this process is the development of a Diversity Action Plan (DAP). While gender is a priority, the plan also focuses on age, country of birth, ethnicity, education level and discipline, and employment/employer status. The DAP will continue to be refined as the plan is implemented.
The DAP is being implemented at every level of Standards Australia, and across all its business units. To keep informed of any organisational updates, subscribe to Standards Australia’s News Alerts here.