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Our Diversity and Inclusion Journey

Our goal is to make money work for everyone. To do that, working at Credit Union SA must work for everyone. 

That’s why we’re on a continuous journey to create a workplace that embraces individual differences and gives people of all backgrounds and circumstances the support they need to thrive and grow.

Inclusion isn’t a destination – it’s a journey that requires ongoing commitment and focus. As part of this journey, we want to share an annual update with you on our progress to help us hold ourselves accountable, understand how we're doing, and make changes where we need to.

We'll share our diversity and inclusion progress so far while also looking at how some of these initiatives will evolve in the future.

Respecting Aboriginal history and culture

We feel immensely privileged to be based on Kaurna land, we acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the traditional custodians of unceded country across Australia and respect their spiritual relationship with Country.

While our focus has always been community, in recent years we have been on an important journey to take meaningful action towards change including Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity & Respect Training, Commencement of our first Reconciliation Action Plan and implementing an Acknowledgement of Country statement. It's a process we have not taken lightly and while we know there is more for us to do, we are hopeful about what it means to take these steps.

In 2020 all Credit Union SA staff took part in Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity & Respect Training with Hayden Bromley from Bookabee. Hayden not only shared his Aboriginal cultural and life experiences with us, but also covered a range of important topics, including:

  • identifying the gap,
  • implementing change,
  • culturally sensitive terminology,
  • understanding Aboriginal Australia,
  • facing the facts: historical and contemporary,
  • identity and Aboriginality, and
  • racism and privilege.

The training created awareness and understanding of Aboriginal Australians’ history and culture and provided opportunities for us all to examine and challenge our own personal values and attitudes. This training will now be part of standard onboarding for all new staff. Ensuring everyone who works for us has the same education opportunity and can contribute to our efforts towards reconciliation.

We’re in the early stages of implementing our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is the start of our organisations reconciliation journey, and we are confident that guided by our Reflect RAP commitments and actions that we will demonstrate meaningful connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and implement action to support reconciliation.

See our RAP

With the help and guidance from Reconciliation SA we have implemented an Acknowledgment of Country statement as part of our website, email signatures, office building, Member Experience Centre, meeting rooms and in spoken form at the beginning of our events and meetings.

We think it’s an important step to show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the ongoing relationship of traditional owners with the land.


Our leave policies

Our core purpose is to help South Australians thrive. We believe a big part of achieving this is by putting people first, including our own.

That’s why we implement leave policies such a 'Thrive Day' and 'Birthday Leave' that encourage our team to

Our core purpose is to help South Australians thrive. We believe a big part of achieving this is by putting people first, including our own.

That’s why we introduced ‘Thrive Day' Leave, where our people can take an extra four days off a year to pursue any activity they choose - it's a time to celebrate individuality.

As part of our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy we revised our Parental Leave Policy. The revised Parental Leave Policy now supports all full-time, part-time and eligible casual staff with Employer Funded Paid Parental and Partner Leave.

This is paid in addition to the Australian Government provided Parental Leave Pay.

We give our people the freedom to celebrate and observe the days that matter most to them through our Public Holiday Exchange Policy.

This includes the choice to switch the Public Holiday on 26 January for an alternative day off as we recognise it’s not a day of celebration for many people.

Our policy is all about embracing individual differences and giving people of all backgrounds the support they need to thrive and grow in our workplace.

We have taken further action to support our people by increasing our Family and Domestic Violence Leave from 10 days to 20 days. This gives people and their families more time to seek help without risking their income.

We recognise that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re committed to helping those impacted by domestic and family violence so that the decision between safety and financial security is not one that they need to make.


Diversity & Inclusion

South Australia is diverse and it's important to us that our organisation not only reflects but celebrates that.

Our Diversity & Inclusion policies aim to ensure we are empathetic, collaborative, and respectful in how we lead and work here at Credit Union SA.

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We give our people the freedom to celebrate and observe the days that matter most to them through our Public Holiday Exchange Policy.

This includes the choice to switch the Public Holiday on 26 January for an alternative day off as we recognise it’s not a day of celebration for many people.

Our policy is all about embracing individual differences and giving people of all backgrounds the support they need to thrive and grow in our workplace.

All our people attended diversity and inclusion training. This training explored unconscious bias and showed us how we can all be more inclusive in our day-to-day.

Leaders also took part in further training that focused on how to be an inclusive leader in everyday communications and actions.

We think it’s hugely important that we are empathetic, collaborative, and respectful in how we lead and work here at Credit Union SA.

That’s why we will continue to provide new recruits with the same education opportunity. This way everyone has the knowledge they need to contribute to an inclusive workplace.

We’re always looking to create partnerships with different organisations that are dedicated to inclusion.

Last year we were lucky enough to become a support partner of the incredible Feast Festival. A not-for-profit LGBTIQ+ Queer Arts and Cultural Festival that celebrates Pride and Diversity in Adelaide.

We are onboard again this year and can’t wait to get involved and celebrate diversity, equality, inclusion, and respect for everyone in our community.

Check out Feast Festival’s website to find out more.


People, culture and development

We know that to deliver the best experience for our members, we must also prioritise our people.

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We introduced a People and Culture Committee which is made up of people from all different areas within the organisation.

The Committee has been working on strengthening our commitment to diversity and inclusion by looking at ways we can celebrate, acknowledge, and get involved in significant events throughout the year.

So far, we have celebrated or acknowledged the following events:

  • International Women’s Day,
  • Ramadan,
  • Harmony Day,
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Month,
  • IDAHOBIT,
  • Reconciliation Week, and
  • World Environment Day.

This project is still in the early stages but has already helped us gain greater understandings and insights into what’s important to our people.

We want to understand what it really means for people to work at Credit Union SA across our different collectives.

That’s why we routinely run workplace culture surveys, with the most recent one taking place in May.

We are currently in the process of creating an action plan based on the survey results and staff debriefing sessions. This plan will include ways we can create a more diverse and inclusive work environment as well as ways we can improve in our key focus areas.

We’ll be able tell you all about our plan in our next update.

We implemented Family Fun Day's for our hard-working team and their families. It's wonderful for everyone to get together and enjoy great food, coffee, games and live music in a relaxed atmosphere.

We have found that it's a really nice opportunity for people to learn more about one another which helps us to create a greater sense of belonging, which is so important to us here at Credit Union SA.

We have a new Chief People and Strategy Officer, Liana Reinhardt, who is designing new initiatives and strategies to increase diversity and inclusion in our workplace.


Health and Wellbeing

Holistic wellbeing and health

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Our EAP is a 24/7 confidential service offering counselling support for our staff and their families, and our contact officers who provide care for those that need it, when they need it.

All Credit Union SA staff took part in wellbeing and resilience training late last year that focused on building skills and behaviours that promote mental health, increase self-compassion, and manage stress.

New recruits will get the same level of training, plus we have further education opportunities for our people in the coming year.

This is on top of wellbeing initiates we already have in place such as our EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), which is a 24/7 confidential service offering counselling support for our staff and their families, and our contact officers who provide care for those that need it, when they need it.

We embraced remote working for the opportunity it provides for our staff. We are proud to offer flexible working arrangements to our people, so everyone can fit work comfortably around their lives.

At the moment, 30% of our people work remotely at some stage during their working week and a smaller percentage work remotely all the time with a ‘keep in touch day” at least once a month.

We're making remote working an option for all new roles going forward. Our goal is to make it possible for the right people to work at Credit Union SA, wherever they are in the world.

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