OriginsInfocus September 2015

OriginsInsight - the FFA Scores for Diversity

Our perception of the soccer version of football in Australia is that it is much more culturally diverse than other sports, and in particular the rival codes of AFL and NRL. But, does our perception match the reality? Does Australian football reflect Australia’s multicultural society as the FFA claims? As the number of Australians participating in the sport approaches 2 million, we analyse the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s elite players, both men and women, to reveal the true diversity of the game.

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First There was IQ, Then EQ, Now we Have CQ

Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, is the latest measure of intelligence. As society becomes increasingly global and migration leads to more diverse societies, functioning effectively across different cultural contexts is essential to profitability, equitable service delivery and an optimal workforce. A wealth of research exists that supports the link between increased diversity and increased returns.

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New Migration Data from the ABS

The proportion of Australians who were born overseas has hit its highest point in 120 years, with 28 per cent of Australia's population - 6.6 million people - born overseas, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). More information on migrants living in Australia, and data on overseas and interstate migration can be found in Migration, Australia, 2013-14 from the ABS.

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Free Online Tool to Help Create and Manage a Culturally Diverse Workplace

The Australian Human Rights Commission has a free online tool to help businesses enhance productivity through a culturally diverse workplace. The tool will assist organisations to measure themselves against international best practice and to identify areas of improvement for their workforce.

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FECCA Biennial Conference

Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians – will be held in Sydney on 5-6 November 2015.

With an impressive speaker line-up from politics, academia, government and the key peak bodies associated with multicultural Australia, this conference is bound to reveal the status, issues and policy priorities for the future. 

Program streams covering The Legacy of Diversity, Diversity and Identity, Diversity’s Value and Strength, and Access, Equity and Participation will complement keynotes and panel sessions from leaders and influencers of Australia’s direction in multiculturalism.

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Diversity Council Australia (DCA) Events

DCA is hosting a suite of events that encourage diversity in the workplace. Some of the standout events in the coming months include Diversity in the Public Sector Teleconference on the 8th October, Launch of Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership on the 22nd October and the Annual Diversity Debate on the 17th November.

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Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards

Winners in the various categories of this annual showcase of the best in multicultural marketing will be announced at a gala presentation at the Sydney Opera House on 12th October 2015.

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The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards and Business Dinner

Winners of awards that celebrate the significant contribution of multicultural business to Brisbane’s economy and community will be announced at the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner on Friday 6th November at Brisbane City Hall.

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Lost in Translation – Soft Drinks, Hard Lessons

Even the largest organisations in the world can make costly marketing mistakes when they don’t undertake cultural market research.  A series of mishaps, many due to a lack of understanding of cultural conventions and nuances in international markets, may contribute to an understanding of Pepsi’s continued falling market share.

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What’s in a Name? Like Bob and Dylan, The Times They are a-Changin’

While we are used to seeing the surnames of AFL players reappearing over time - such as Merrett, Daniher, Ablett, Tuck, Shaw, Kennedy, Ball and Russo - first name trends have changed dramatically. We analysed the given names of AFL players over four sample decades over the past century to determine how given names have changed.

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