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PEOPLE STRATEGIES AND POLICY GROUP
By Rose Hays – Gender Diversity Policy Officer
“This is another plank in our commitment to
providing an inclusive workplace for all Defence
personnel. We are proud to be associated with
other organisations known as leaders in promoting
diversity across the board.”
The Hon. Michael Kirby also said he was proud
that Defence was promoting a sense of a ‘fair go’
“It makes me proud to see the uniformed members
of the Australian Defence Force present at
this launch symbolising that the service of the
Commonwealth and the Crown is for everyone in
Australia – no exceptions, no discrimination,”
Mr Kirby said.
ABOVe: Pictured (L-R) at the Pride in Diversity launch are: Sergeant Arron Ryan, Dawn Hough, Chief Petty Officer Stuart
O’Brien, the Hon. Michael Kirby, Air Commodore Tracy Smart, Mr Peter Sullivan and Commander Christine Clarke.
Defence is a key player in a ground-
breaking program which aims to make
workplaces more responsive to the needs
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
The Pride in Diversity initiative was launched in
Sydney on 10 February, featuring former justice of
the High Court of Australia and long-time supporter
of LGBT issues, the Hon. Michael Kirby as keynote
speaker at the launch.
Pride in Diversity is an initiative aimed at
supporting organisations to provide LGBT
employees with a framework of diversity policies
and practices that specifically support them.
“Defence is excited to have been invited to become
a foundation member of Pride in Diversity,” former
Director Rights and Responsibilities in Fairness and
Resolution Branch, Peter Sullivan said.
“It makes me proud to see
the uniformed members
of the Australian Defence
Force present at this launch
symbolising that the service
of the Commonwealth and
the Crown is for everyone in
Australia – no exceptions, no
- former Justice of the High Court of
Australia, the Hon. Michael Kirby
Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service
Chairperson Chief Petty Officer Stuart O’Brien said
that as a member of the Royal Australian Navy and
the Department of Defence, he was honoured to
be present at the launch and to be part of Pride in
“This latest step shows the wider community that
Defence embraces diversity, no matter your sexual
orientation; and that Defence is an employer of
choice,” CPO O’Brien said.
Pride In Diversity Director Dawn Hough said the
program is Australia’s first employer support
program for the inclusion of LGBT people.
“Research shows that up to 60 per cent of LGBT
people experience some form of harassment at
work during their careers,” Ms Hough says.
“That’s four times the rate of the general
Ms Hough also said the treatment that many LGBT
people experience in the workplace can range from
negative comments through to open abuse from
both management and colleagues.
“This causes many LGBT people to feel
uncomfortable in their workplace which can
significantly impair their performance.”
Ms Hough said fear of abuse or discrimination
forces many LGBT people to hide their sexual
orientation or gender identity while they’re
at work, leading to an increase in anxiety or
“It’s a very serious issue and employers across the
board really need to be taking action to ensure
they provide a sufficient duty of care.”
Participation in pride and diversity allows Defence
to not only show its support for LGBT employees,
but also gain benefits in terms of reputation,
recruitment, retention, productivity and capability.
Defence will also soon be able to measure how
inclusive its workplace is of LGBT employees
with Pride in Diversity’s forthcoming Australian
Workplace Equality Index.
Other foundation members are IBM, KPMG, ING
Australia, Goldman Sachs JBWere, Lend Lease,
the Australian Federal Police and Telstra.
Pride In Diversity is a joint initiative of Australia’s
largest community-based LGBT health organisation
ACON, the independent and not-for-profit diversity
advisor Diversity Council Australia, and London-
based LGBT advocacy group Stonewall UK.
For more information, visit www.prideindiversity.
com.au, or contact Rose Hays, Gender Policy
Officer at Fairness and Resolution branch: rose.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6127 2963.
The prestigious Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence science
for 2009 has been awarded to a Defence scientist who has devoted his
career to enhancing Australia’s long-distance surveillance capability.
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Greg Combet presented the award to
Dr Gordon Frazer of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation for his internationally-
recognised expertise and inspirational leadership in advancing both Australian and allied capabilities
in Over-the-Horizon Radar (OTHR).
“Dr Frazer’s personal and sustained contribution has been instrumental in assuring Australia remains
the world leader in operational Over-the-Horizon Radar capability,” Mr Combet said in presenting the
award to Dr Frazer.
The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) was developed during many years as a result of
DSTO’s research in OTHR technology beginning in the 1970s. JORN provides wide area surveillance of
Australia’s strategically-important northern approaches.
The JORN system has been progressively upgraded and enhanced through DSTO’s continuing research
efforts and changing operational requirements.
As part of continuous improvement, Dr Frazer has developed a number of major technological
advances in techniques, algorithms, software and hardware that have helped to further advance High
Frequency (HF) radar performance.
In July 2009, Dr Frazer was presented with an Award for Excellence by the US Department of Defense
in recognition of his “invaluable technical expertise and leadership in support of Australia-US OTHR
for Defence scientist
ABOVe: Winner of the Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science, Dr Gordon Frazer (second from right) is pictured
with (L-R) US Ambassador Mr Jeffrey Bleich; Secretary of Defence Dr Ian Watt; Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet; and CDF Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.
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