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Diversity and inclusion


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Diversity and inclusion is a critical business issue at Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia.

We value difference and appreciate the variety of perspectives that this brings to our business. We know that if our people are able to be themselves at work, they are more engaged and productive.

We aim to create an inclusive environment where every individual knows they can bring their whole self to work.

Our diversity and inclusion strategy focuses on the following key areas:

We aim to increase the number of senior females and to position Norton Rose Fulbright as the employer of choice for women in legal services in Australia.

In September 2014 Wayne Spanner, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia, signed up as an ambassador to a Workplace Gender Equality Agency initiative to support gender pay equality. He was among the first 32 chief executives to do so. 

LGBTI Inclusion
We strive to create an inclusive and accepting environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) identifying staff. We have an established Pride Network and we are proud to be an official member of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist employers with all aspects of LGBTI inclusion.  In 2016 we were named a Top 20 employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

Cultural diversity
We aim to attract, promote and retain a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce to match our business strategy.

In March 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright signed the Cultural Diversity Initiative. This important initiative, supported by several other large law firms, involves a commitment to researching and reporting on cultural diversity at different levels of the business.

The initiative was signed by Felicity Rourke, partner and head of our Sydney office, at an event attended by Tim Soutphommasane,  Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Flexible work
We recognise that our people have responsibilities outside of work and that providing flexible work arrangements can assist in achieving an appropriate balance between a fulfilling career and personal commitments.

Family and those with caring responsibilities
We want to ensure that people can balance their family commitments with work responsibilities and have meaningful careers. We offer various support mechanisms for those starting a family.

Local contacts

Sally Macindoe
Partner; Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion; Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Tel: +61 3 8686 6227

Michael McKee
Partner; Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Pride Network Chair
Tel : +61 2 9330 8696

Amelia Britton
Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Tel: + 61 2 9330 8690