Pride in Water is a network created for LGBTIQ+ people and allies that work in the water industry throughout Australia. This network is an opportunity to create a more inclusive water industry for LGBTIQ+ staff, contractors, customers and our broader community.
BACKGROUND TO PRIDE IN WATER
Pride in Water was established in 2019, driven by Yarra Valley Water and inspired by the broader water industries proactive leadership stance in encouraging a collaborative approach across the industry. The idea for Pride in Water emerged from the experience of two LGBTIQ+ employees at Yarra Valley Water (Jacquie Moon and Brendan Moore), passionate about creating a collaborative initiative, they co-founded the Pride in Water network to create an industry where every LGBTIQ+ person feels valued, safe and included.
A report by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2014 indicated that 11% of people in Australia identify as LGBTIQ+. It further stated that 50% of LGBTIQ+ people felt compelled not to reveal their sexuality or gender identity at work for fear of isolation, discrimination or abuse. In a 2019 study on workplace inclusion by the Diversity Council of Australia, 44% of LGBTIQ+ workers had personally experienced discrimination and/or harassment in the past 12 months.
Yarra Valley Water’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace has changed the culture of the organisation. Celebrating visibility days, providing information blogs and championing the importance of LGBTIQ+ allies have all contributed to a significant cultural change, and has seen an increase in employees feeling comfortable to identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community and as strong allies. Through their experience of being involved in this cultural change work at Yarra Valley Water, as well as Jacquie and Brendan’s lived experience and connections within the LGBTIQ+ community, they could see that the water industry had significant opportunities to improve conditions for employees, customers and community, and align with leading organisations. This led to a vision for connecting with metro and rural water authorities across Australia to share resources, ideas and create a better practice approach to LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the water industry.
OUR COLLABORATIVE VISION
Pride in Water will provide support and guidance for all water authorities on their LGBTIQ+ inclusion journeys and will create a better practice model for the inclusion of the LGBTIQ+ community across the Australian water industry.
Working together, our vision is to create a water industry for ALL LGBTIQ+ people to feel safe, included and valued.
If you would like to join Pride in Water, collaborate with us, or find out more information, please get in touch via email@example.com
Supporting Pride in Water
- "We're passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity which includes supporting our LGBTIQ employees and customers"David RyanCity West Water Managing Director
- "East Gippsland Water is excited to support the Pride in Water Network, a fantastic initiative that allows our people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and allies to share, connect and support each other. As an organisation we recognise that we each hold power in our words and actions to create a culturally safe workplace and we are committed to proving a ‘whole of person’ approach, because everyone deserves to feel safe, included and valued. We also recognise our role as a community leader in a remote part of Victoria, appreciating that LGBTIQ+ people in our community have experienced stigma and fought for support across the community as a hidden minority group. We know we are better when we work together to provide support, connect and share stories as an industry, a business and as a community."Steve McKenzieEast Gippsland Water Managing Director
- "As a major regional organisation, Wannon Water has a responsibility to champion human rights. We believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect - no matter their background, heritage, ability, gender or sexual orientation."Andrew JeffersWannon Water Managing Director
- "I'm really proud of our involvement in the Pride in Water initiative. We're working hard to create a better world free from discrimination, and for us, that starts in our workplace. We're proud of our diverse, inclusive culture where everyone can be who they are, but we know as a society we need to do more to stop prejudice and discrimination. Pride in Water is a fantastic, industry-wide initiative to support our LGBTIQ colleagues and their families and friends. I'm excited for us at South East Water to be part of a program to lead change both in our industry and beyond and create a safer, more supportive and better workplace for everyone."Lara OlsenManaging Director South East Water
- "At Westernport Water we recognise the possibilities and benefits of inclusion and diversity in our workplace. We are actively working towards a workforce where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression."Peter QuigleyWesternport Water Managing Director
- "Melbourne Water has made considerable and consistent effort to into ensuring that all of our employees feel safe and valued at work. I am proud of the work that Melbourne Water employees have been doing through Refract (our LGBTI+ and allies employee network), which we launched in 2017. We have taken significant action over the last 3 years to create a more inclusive culture through increasing our understanding of what we can do to demonstrate respect, inclusion and be active allies for our LGBTI+ colleagues and community. We are delighted to be partnering with our colleagues across the water sector to lead and advocate for greater inclusion across the industry and our broader community. Together we can create real change."Michael WandmakerMelbourne Water Managing Director