Women in Defence conference addresses gender diversity

14 October 2015 | Media Release

The 3rd annual Chief of Defence Force Women in Defence conference in Canberra has reaffirmed Defence’s ongoing commitment to improve gender diversity across the organisation.
Themed ‘Our People and Capability’, the two day conference brought together leaders from across Defence and other Government agencies, allied militaries and Defence industry to share best-practice policies, challenge myths and build networks.
Speaking to the conference via video link, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, challenged participants to consider what steps they will take personally to make the ADF and wider Defence organisation a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
“Increasing gender diversity improves capability.
“A diverse workforce is the antidote to group-think. The greater the diversity, the greater the range of ideas and insights to challenge the accepted norms, assess risks and develop creative solutions.
“A diverse and inclusive ADF is one where every person feels valued for their contribution,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
The conference also focussed on best practice recruiting, retaining and promoting women, learning from industry leaders and building strategies for better gender inclusion.
Over the past three years, Defence has made a concerted effort to recruit more women to the ADF and focussed significant effort on retaining women who are already serving in the ADF.
“In both cases, our goal is to ensure women have every opportunity to enjoy a meaningful and successful military career,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
The Women in Defence conference is held annually to highlight gender issues and their effects on Defence capability.

Media note:
Imagery from the conference are available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20152845

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Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
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Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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