This chapter explores equity and diversity programs in a range of organisations in Australia. The reasons why organisations develop equity and diversity programs are examined through analysis of 15 brief case studies; these show clearly that the business case predominates. Six detailed case studies demonstrate the extent and variety of the challenges different organisations face and show management-driven programs responding to organisational needs with a variety of initiatives. A range of different approached to equity and diversity has been found to be present, and Australian organisations pursue a range of policy types simultaneously. Organisations provided with broad guidelines but left to their own devices, as happens in Australia, produce a diverse range of equity and diversity programs.
Managing Diversity in Australia: Theory and Practice p. 57-74