Policy and Program
Across the world it is increasingly recognised that a diverse workforce brings a distinct competitive advantage and has a direct impact on improved company performance and shareholder value.
To this end, BAC has established a Workplace Diversity Policy that delivers a number of diversity outcomes for the corporation. This policy applies to employees, managers and the BAC Board of Directors as well as other BAC workers, including contractors, work experience students and volunteers.
The implementation of the Workplace Diversity program commenced during 2011 with the identification of several key diversity commitments. The further inclusion of measurable objectives and targets will allow the program to be objectively reviewed by the Board and Senior Management on an annual basis to determine its ongoing effectiveness and relevance.
BAC's Workplace Diversity program is not only focused on ensuring the Corporation is compliant with relevant legislation including the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), but is concentrated on realising the broader benefits of a diverse workforce identified above.
As part of its compliance program, BAC also reports annually to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency on the results of its workplace programs that eliminate barriers for women. The Corporation's report for the period ending 31 March 2011 was assessed by the Agency as compliant against the requirements of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 (Cth).
There was an overall increase in the representation of women within the BAC workforce, particularly at the Senior Manager/Board and Middle Manager levels, with five of the eight positions recently advertised at these levels being filled by women.