A diverse and inclusive workforce

Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different skills, interests, personalities and capabilities. We are committed to an inclusive culture in which all of our people are recognised for their unique contributions and are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.

Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, sexuality, gender, age, cultural background and ability/disability. That diversity helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is a key enabler to attract, develop and retain the very best people.

Diversity and inclusion is integral to our culture which is founded on the values of trust, respect and co-operation.  We are a proud member of the Diversity Council of Australia.

View our report to see the progress we've been making with our Diversity and Inclusion strategy in FY19 (PDF 896.4KB).
If you would like a word version of our report you can download here.  (DOCX 8.8MB)

Our Diversity Council

The Clayton Utz Diversity Council sets the firm's diversity and inclusion strategy and develops initiatives to give priority to diversity in the workplace. Our Chief Executive Partner leads the Diversity Council which is also supported by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alison Woolsey.

Gender equality

A key focus of our diversity initiatives is to make Clayton Utz an environment in which women have every opportunity to succeed.

In recognition of our continued commitment to gender equality, Clayton Utz was named on the 2019/20 Workplace Gender Equality Agency's list of Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation-holders. This was the sixth consecutive year for the firm and we are one of only 119 organisations to be awarded the citation. It recognises market-leading employers who have shown an active commitment in achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Cultural diversity

We want Clayton Utz to be a culturally sophisticated firm that maximises domestic and regional business benefits through outstanding cultural intelligence.  We're talking with thought leaders around cultural diversity, gathering and reporting data on cultural diversity and focusing on professional development for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership.  We are proud to be an active member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and in March 2017 we committed to the Managing Partners (of large law firms) Cultural Diversity Charter.

Flexibility

Flexibility is an absolute priority for diversity and inclusion at Clayton Utz and a significant proportion of our workforce work under formal and informal flexible arrangements. Our flexible work policy is intended to support mainstreaming flexibility across the firm to attract and retain the best talent. Flexible work is not simply about part-time work and is vital for our employees to be able to balance their unique and changing needs during different life and career stages.

LGBTIQ inclusion

Clayton Utz is a member of Pride in Diversity (the Australian employer support program). Integral to our diversity and inclusion strategy is our LGBTIQ program which focuses on such things as fostering an LGBTIQ-inclusive culture within the firm, connecting with the broader LGBTIQ community, implementing best practice policies, training and education. Our efforts have made a huge impact on the firm and our people. We are proud to be a 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 AWEI "Gold Employer" - the only law firm with this track record and to reach "Platinum Qualifier" status. This is a testament to our dedication, drive and vision of an LGBTIQ-inclusive workplace.

We are conscious that some applicants (including members of the trans/gender diverse community) may need additional assistance or information concerning the recruitment process.  We have a leading practice Gender Affirmation Policy and Guidelines and would be happy to take applicants through this where it would be beneficial.  The Guidelines provide information, tools and resources to promote a positive experience for all who may have an involvement with a trans or gender diverse person who decides to affirm their gender.  However, we understand that every journey will be different and therefore the expectations and responsibilities of everyone involved will be different.  We leverage the resources of Pride in Diversity to help us be more inclusive in our process.  Please don't hesitate to contact Alexandra Smith to learn more

You may also like to read about our recent LGBTIQ's program's Objectives and Progress here.

Momentum

Momentum is our diversity & inclusion network and activity program. It has evolved from being focused on gender to embracing all diversity streams, celebrating both difference and commonality.  It's about nurturing an inclusive environment for our people that will maximise their opportunities for business success and career satisfaction.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Disability is a key area of focus for Clayton Utz. The term "disability" is a broad one and includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, physical disfigurement, immunological and learning disabilities. We recognise that over 4 million people in Australia have some form of disability - namely 1 in 5 people. We want to create an environment and culture at Clayton Utz that enables our people with all types of disability, and those who care for someone with a disability, to succeed. We also want to improve accessibility and inclusion for our clients.

We are proud to have registered an Accessibility & Inclusion Action Plan  (PDF 1.2MB) with the Australian Human Rights Commission. We are a Silver member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND). Our Accessibility & Inclusion Action Plan focuses on seven priority areas and includes a focus on inclusion through recruitment of people with a disability.

If you would like a word version of  the Accessibility & Inclusion Plan, you can download here.  

We are conscious that some applicants may need additional assistance or information concerning the recruitment process. Please don't hesitate to contact Alexandra Smith to learn more


Inclusion, of course, goes hand-in-hand with diversity.  The combination helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is key to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people.

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