PricewaterhouseCoopers named top employer for LGBTI people for the second time

PricewaterhouseCoopers named top employer for LGBTI people for the second time

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:23 Written by // Reg Domingo

PricewaterhouseCoopers has been named Australia’s top employer for LGBTI people for 2015.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organisations which were recognised today at a special luncheon in Sydney organised by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.    

It is the second time PwC has won the honour, having been named the country’s LGBTI Employer of the Year in 2012.


Image: Members of PwC at the ceremony at the Westin. Photo Cec Busby

Westpac, ranked third last year, rose to second place in 2015. The bank’s LGBTI group was also awarded the LGBTI Employee Network of the Year.

Curtin University, which was ranked number two in 2014, this year dipped to the third spot. The WA insitution again claimed the High Ranking Unversity.

Coming in at fourth place was Commonwealth Bank. Last year’s Employer of the Year, Goldman Sachs, was this year ranked fifth.


Image: Members from Department of Defence overjoyed at their ranking in the AWEI.

Other awards at the luncheon included Highest Ranking Public Sector Organisation (Australian Federal Police & Department of Defence) and Achievement Award for Most Improved (HSBC).  

ANZ won an Innovation Award for their GayTMs, Key Assets won Small Employer Award and Children & Young People’s Mental Health picked up the Regional Employer Award. Australian Red Cross Blood Collection was also named Highest Ranking Not-for-Profit/Charity.


Image: Roxanne-Bobby accepts teh individual award from Michael Kirby.

This year individuals from Lend Lease (Jason Burubu), Deakin University (Roxanne/Bobby J Thomson), Westpac Group (Brad Cooper and Kristina Bennett) and Curtin University (Maz Rahman) were acknowledged for their significant contribution to LGBTI workplace inclusion initiatives.   

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who presented at the awards, said: “I applaud all the organisations here today, and indeed individuals who have played critical roles in their ongoing commitment and support of their LGBTI employees and colleagues.

“While many employees feel comfortable to be themselves at work, let’s not lose sight of the fact that many more do not. Where we stand today is still not good enough. The more inclusive your workplace culture, the more likely people will be to engage, respect and contribute to the organisation they are working for.”


Image: Pride in Diversity director Dawn Hough

Pride in Diversity Director Dawn Hough said more organisations are engaging with the AWEI.

“This is the fifth year of the AWEI. The number of employers participating has increased by 152% from Year 1 and we now have over 9000 employees participating in the employee survey.  

“The focus on LGBTI inclusion initiatives has increased substantially.  

“We are really looking at our Top 20 Employers now as examples of good practice. There is very little difference point-wise between some of these employers, in some cases, as little as 1 point between leaderboard positions.”

Approximately 450 people attended the sold-out event at the Westin in Sydney on May 15, hosted by Bob Downe.

Guests included Pride In Diversity patron Michael Kirby; President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs; Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson; and CEOs and leaders from some of Australia’s largest commercial and public sector organisations.  

On the back of the announcement that Pride in Diversity will also be developing an index to address homophobia in sports, representatives from Bingham Cup, Football Federation Australia, Cricket Australia, Australian Sports Commission, Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League and AFL were also present.

“Pride in Diversity congratulates all the organisations recognised today on their significant achievement and for showing great leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion,” Hough said.

The 2015 Top 20 Australian employers for LGBTI people are:
1. PwC
2. Westpac Group
3. Curtin University
4. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
5. Goldman Sachs
6. ANZ
7. Macquarie Bank (first year in Top 10)
8. Lend Lease
9. National Australia Bank (first year in Top 10)
10. The University of Western Australia
11. IBM
12. EY
13. Australian Red Cross Blood Service
=14. Accenture
= 14.Allens
16. UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT
=17. Australian Federal Police

=17. Department of Defence
19. Herbert Smith Freehills
20. Telstra

Main image: PwC accept their award from Michael Kirby.

Go here to see a full gallery of images from todays awards and luncheon


Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo is the editor of SX.

Comments (3)

  • Mark Burgess

    27 February 2016 at 22:48 |
    So it's ok to have a senior director who openly supports the anti-GLBTI Hate Group ACL with his time and money and still get an award. What hypocritical double standards exist in PwC and shame on whatever fool gave them a prize for their hidden homophobia!


  • Reg Domingo

    16 May 2015 at 10:53 |
    Hi Britt. Thanks for the clarification. That has now been corrected.


  • Britt

    15 May 2015 at 22:21 |
    Westpac came third last year, not fourth. Just saying.


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