The aim of the Australia-wide network is to champion, influence and raise awareness with Aurizon employees about the value of LGBTIQ inclusiveness and respect in our workplace culture and practices.
The LGBTIQ and Allies Network was officially launched at an event in Brisbane hosted by the Executive Vice President (EVP) Operations and sponsor of the group Mike Franczak.
More than 100 employees attended the event to hear about the benefits of workplace inclusion and why it's so important to feel safe and comfortable to be able to bring your whole self to work.
In an opening speech at the launch event, EVP Operations Mike Franczak said creating a culture of inclusiveness and respect is key to Aurizon's future success.
"Being world leading requires more than cross functional efforts, but the ability to draw on the diversity of views, experiences, backgrounds and capabilities of all groups to drive better business outcomes," Mike said.
"The network has grown to 75 members with a diverse mix of people across the Company who identify, as well as supporters. Our allies have joined for a variety of reasons; whether it is because they have family or friends who identify and are using the network for support, or they are supportive of work colleagues who have come out.
"This is just one part of our greater journey to building a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we operate in."
Over the coming months the group will continue to provide resources for developing tools, education and communication strategies that support building a more inclusive culture.
Did you know
11% of the Australian population identifies as being LGBTIQ.
50% of LGBTIQ people experience homophobic jokes/remarks in the workplace.
28% LGBTIQ people experience aggression or unwelcome questions about their status.