Goulburn-Murray Water’s management has been surprised by the results of an anonymous voluntary survey that has found its workplace to be more diverse than might have been thought.
The company’s corporate services general manager Alan Arthur said he was surprised by the survey results.
‘‘The anonymous staff survey showed we are more advanced that we thought we might be.
‘‘We are currently at six per cent for LGBTI (the target is seven per cent) and already at two per cent for indigenous workers (target is three per cent).’’
Although the business did not have the right to ask questions about gender, background, sexual preferences, disability, flexibility in the workplace and carer responsibilities according to Mr Arthur, the reasons for obtaining this information were two-fold, he said.
‘‘We are genuinely keen to improve diversity and inclusion,’’ he said.
‘‘As well as it being a moral obligation to represent the community, studies have shown that better results are achieved (in diverse workplaces).’’
G-MW is not the only water corporation to have inclusion and diversity targets. Goulburn Valley Water has set targets for indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people with a disability, while City West Water (Melbourne CBD and western suburbs) has similar targets for the same groups as G-MW.
Goulburn Valley Pride secretary Damien Stevens said the target of seven per cent for LGBTI+, set by G-MW, was a sensible target.
‘‘It’s a wonderful commitment. There are other large employers across Greater Shepparton that could do the same,’’ he said.
‘‘It would be a good thing for them to get on board with.’’
Despite some alternatives of the LGBTI+ acronym featuring a ‘Q’ (queer), Mr Stevens was not concerned that G-MW had missed it in its annual report.