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DEFGLIS #standproud Campaign Launch

DEFGLIS launches #standproud campaign, which shines a spotlight on diversity in the Defence Department – to strengthen warfighting capability

In response to recent reporting that challenges visible diversity in the Australian Defence Force, DEFGLIS has launched a campaign to illuminate the contributions of the diverse Defence warfighting force, and highlight the importance of their visible inclusion within the Department.

Dr Joe Monteith, DEFGLIS spokesperson made the following statement on behalf of the Association.

DEFGLIS recognises that inclusion and visibility of the diverse workforce strengthens Defence capability. Visible inclusion ensures that Defence can attract, recruit, and retain talented warfighters, national security professionals and strategists.

Limiting visibility and inclusion creates stigma and prejudice that leads to sub-optimal culture and discrimination.

DEFGLIS looks forward to working with Defence to seek all possible opportunities that promote visibility, maximise cohesion and educate the workforce about diversity - to enhance warfighting capability.

Today, DEFGLIS launches the #standproud campaign, which shines a spotlight on diversity in Defence. The visibility of diverse communities strengthens Defence capability by building stronger and more cohesive teams. When it comes to protecting Australia’s national security interests, the most talented warfighters are stronger together.

The #standproud campaign seeks to promote inclusive culture within Defence, and provide visibility for diverse groups. These invisible minorities already face stigma and barriers to inclusion in the workplace; the campaign promotes their contributions and highlights the role of diversity in creating high-performing teams that underpin Defence capability.

Monteith said the Association’s vision was firm in developing professional military effectiveness.

“The DEFGLIS vision seeks a Defence culture that is just, inclusive and values the contributions of its diverse workforce, improves military efficiencies and cohesion, and promotes anti-discrimination,” said Monteith.

“In order to deliver potent strategic and operational effects as an integrated force - Defence is encouraged to draw on the best ideas, from the best people.”

Monteith asserted there is constant intellectual tension among high performing teams, and diversity underpins this performance.

“The military planning process thrives on diverse perspectives. The contest of ideas requires a melting pot of viewpoints that is constantly being tested against a diverse array of perspectives. The stronger the test, the stronger the planning and delivery of military operations.” said Monteith.

Monteith proposed that diverse perspectives support better decision-making in Defence.

Defence cultural reform has been underpinned by Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence Culture since 2012. The services of the Australian Defence Force have released their own signature cultural reform strategies, including The Air Force Strategy, Army’s Good Soldiering, and Next Generation Navy.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the ground of the employee’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breastfeeding or family responsibilities by subjecting the employee to a range of adverse employment outcomes or any other detriment.

In a recent interview Defence Minister Peter Dutton communicated his message to the Chiefs of the Defence Force: “I won’t tolerate discrimination on any basis”.

“We need to make sure that our troops are in [sic] the best possible trained fighting machine in the world, that’s why our allies respect us and our enemies fear us,” said Dutton.

The Defence Minister is preparing to support Defence personnel for the upcoming Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide.

“My clear message to all of our Defence Force personnel, is that we do provide support to them. We value what they do in our country’s name, and I will do whatever it takes to protect them and their interests.” said Dutton.

Images courtesy of DEFGLIS - 29 May 2021

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