A diverse and inclusive organisation
We value diversity and inclusion and the benefits they bring to the Telstra Group in achieving our objectives, enhancing our reputation, and attracting, engaging and retaining talented people.
At Telstra, diversity means difference, in all its forms, both visible and not visible, and includes differences that relate to gender, age, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation, as well as differences in background and life experience, and interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Working towards gender equality
We are committed to gender equality and have a broad range of policies, programs and engagement initiatives in place to help us achieve this goal. Gender representation targets are in place across all business units, supported by expectations of gender-balanced shortlists for recruitment and gender-balanced selection panels.
We encourage our people to get involved by joining our Brilliant Connected Women network – a forum that now has over 2,000 members, male and female, who are committed to advancing gender equality in our business.
This year we saw a decrease in female representation across Telstra Corporation Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries of 0.4 per cent. This decrease reflects a reversal of a consistent company-wide trend of previous years that saw female commencements exceeding female exits.
Gender pay equity continues to be a key area of focus and we remain vigilant about how we administer and apply policy to avoid any bias in performance assessment and remuneration decisions. To work towards gender pay equity, we examine our remuneration data across all business units every year to identify any pay disparities that can’t be explained by differences in length of service, or levels of performance or role type. Each business unit has a dedicated budget for correcting disparities and we closely monitor the application of this budget to ensure funds are distributed in line with the core principles.
Representation of women in Telstra as at 30 June 2016
Bands A, B and C within the Telstra Executive Team
Bands 1 or 2, or equivalent
Bands 3 or 4, or equivalent
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 Includes full time, part time and casual staff in Telstra Corporation Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries, excluding contractors and agency staff. It does not include staff in any other controlled entities within the Telstra Group.
 Includes full time, part time and casual staff in controlled entities within the Telstra Group, excluding contractors and agency staff.
Information regarding the controlled entities in the Telstra Group can be found on our website at telstra.com/investor (Latest Results).
Balancing work and life
Flexibility is the starting point for all roles at Telstra. This year we rolled out the second phase of All Roles Flex, focusing on global mobility and location flexibility.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) inclusion
We want our people to bring their whole selves to work and to feel comfortable doing so. This year we celebrated the seventh anniversary of our Spectrum network for LGBTI employees and allies. We also launched guidelines to help our people to understand how they can provide support for colleagues going through a gender transition.
Our stance on marriage equality
Earlier this year there was commentary regarding Telstra’s position on marriage equality. While we initially advised that we would not actively participate in the marriage equality debate, out of respect for the wide range of views on the subject, it became clear to us that Telstra should step forward on this topic. We have renewed our active participation on marriage equality and are in discussions with Australians for Equality about what role Telstra might play in support of their campaign.
We are committed to providing employment pathways for candidates with diverse backgrounds and needs. This year 182 Telstra employees identified as being of Indigenous descent through our EES. Key initiatives included providing mentoring alongside traineeship and internship opportunities to support retention and career development. In this year’s EES, 2,546 Telstra employees identified as living with a disability. This year we were the largest corporate provider of the Australian Network on Disability Stepping Into internship program, which provides a paid internship program to university students with disability.
In Australia, people aged 45 and over make up the fastest-growing employee category. We have developed a return to work program for older people who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time, which will be rolled out across Telstra in FY17.
More information on Diversity and Inclusion at Telstra, including our Diversity Measurable Objectives, can be found in our 2016 Corporate Governance Statement which is available on our website at telstra.com/governance.