Tradeswomen Australia are piloting an industry first program designed to prevent mental injuries and improve mental health and well-being of automotive businesses and aftermarket parts interpreters through diversity and inclusion.

 

Our Project is funded thanks to WorkSafe Victoria’s Workwell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

About the project

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The Project aims to support businesses to create environments that embrace diversity and inclusion through their recruitment, employee support, and workplace practices. The pilot will take place within the automotive and aftermarket parts interpreters industry within Victoria.

Through the project we will engage with the automotive and aftermarket parts interpreters industry to educate supervisors on the benefits of diversity in their workforce and measure the positive impact of diversity on culture.

The project will include:

  • The facilitation and reporting of focus groups to look at the barriers for diversity
  • The development of a workplace review (internal audit) on a range of diversity measures
  • The development of tools and a platform that can be implemented in the workplace to support increasing diversity
  • The implementation of supervisor coaching on change management, unconscious bias and diversity, and
  • Ongoing culture testing of workplaces via surveys.

The project will be evaluated throughout the two year Project to test improved mental health through diversity and inclusion training. 

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Our Research

In 2020, the Workplace Diversity Project Team hosted industry forums in order to gain insights into the diversity and inclusion barriers currently in the Victorian automotive industry. 

Collaborating with industry experts, a research paper entitled “Lifting the Bonnet: Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in the Automotive Industry”.

 View the research paper here.