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Our Values

The women of IWDA are powerful advocates for women’s rights. We have impacted the lives of thousands across Asia and the Pacific and have aspirations as part of our 2020-2023 strategic plan to continue to defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls. Every day we make tangible progress toward our vision of gender equality for all.

Our diverse, dedicated staff are passionate, intelligent, collaborative and deeply caring. We strive for a team culture that is cohesive, friendly, inclusive and supportive.

We are fiercely values driven.  Our values are:

Feminist: we respect women’s diverse experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths and strive to empower women to realise their full potential and equal rights.

Accountable: we are honest and transparent and are committed to evaluating and communicating the outcomes of our work with integrity.

Collaborative: we build trusting relationships and strong partnerships.

Transformative: we are determined to make real, lasting improvements in diverse women’s lives.

At IWDA you can contribute to our work via a number of career paths, including; Program Management and Coordination, Communications and Fundraising, Finance, Research, Policy and Advocacy and a range of enabling roles.

Benefits of working at IWDA

IWDA supports employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance and encourages all employees to take regular breaks from work and to enjoy periods of rest and relaxation. IWDA offers a range of employment benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements including:
  • Permanent part-time work
  • Job sharing
  • Access to flexible hours of work between 7am and 7pm
  • Work from home
  • Compressed hours
  • 50/52 purchased annual leave
  • 14 days personal leave per annum
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid leave for study, blood donation or emergency situations
  • Cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • Special leave for employees experiencing family violence
  • Special Covid-19 leave, to support staff with Covid, or those having vaccinations

IWDA is committed to implementing structural change that supports our intersectional feminist vision and values where we have the power to do so. We do this both externally, through our work with program partners and internally, with our organisational culture, policies and practices. Our people are our most valuable and valued resource and we are committed to doing all we can to support our people.

We have regular practice of closing our office at times, to enable staff to rest and recharge, providing ad-hoc additional days of leave to employees during the pandemic. We close our organisation annually over the late December- early January period.

As a predominantly contract-funded organisation, IWDA is committed to providing job security where we can and as such, we take an approach to employ staff on a permanent, on-going basis, unless a role meets specific criteria in which it would be fixed term. Most of our roles that are funded by grant contracts are employed on a permanent basis.

We are committed to continuing on this journey towards best practice in intersectional feminist employment conditions.

IWDA has a well-established and utilised Employee Assistance Program, in whichstaff can access counselling and coaching services from fully-qualified psychologists. This is available for work or personal issues and is free, confidential and impartial.

IWDA is committed to professional development for our staff and recognise that staff need the capacity to explore a range of opportunities. We provide an annual budget for both individual staff members, as well as organisation-wide training and support.

Our office space includes a dedicated breast feeding/ pumping space and is fully wheelchair accessible.

IWDA adheres to the National Employment Standards and its employees are covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS Award).

IWDA has a Child Rights and Protection Policy and any offer of employment will require a National Police Certificate and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Rights and Protection Code of Conduct.

Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism at IWDA

As a women-led organisation, IWDA has an EEO exemption (H112/2018) and requests applications from people who identify as women only.

IWDA is committed to advancing human rights for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class or socio-economic status. IWDA takes a rights-based, feminist approach to its work in order to prioritise action on the inequities and injustices faced by women.

Workplace inclusion is very important to us. Ensuring our employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their whole selves to work is critical to our success as an organisation. We strive for an environment where people are welcomed, respected and valued for the perspectives and capabilities they bring.

We provide annual training and reflection for staff to support our commitment to being an anti-racist organisation, to learn about First Nations justice and its intersection with our sector, to learn more about gender diversity and disability inclusion.

We are a member of the Diversity Counsel of Australia and staff can access any of their training offerings at no cost.

We report annually on diversity metrics at IWDA, not only at a whole of organisation level, but also per seniority level and per contract type i.e. fixed-term vs permanent employees.

We have a strong policy and practice suite to support diversity and inclusion. IWDA uses the reporting platform #NotMe to encourage employees to report any type of misconduct and improve our workplace.

IWDA’s board, leadership and staff are committed to addressing racial injustice and discrimination of all forms, including within our own organisation. We endeavour to listen, learn and act to become an explicitly diverse, inclusive and anti-racist feminist organisation.

This journey is core to our values and vision. Please see our Disability Inclusion Policy and full Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism for more information

Recruitment at IWDA

IWDA uses recruitment software that helps us to recruit the best candidates, regardless of their backgrounds. It challenges traditional hiring practices that perpetuate systemic bias.

When you apply for a role at IWDA, your application is de-identified which ensures our hiring decisions are based only on your skills. We have intentionally altered our hiring practices to create an organisation in which everyone can feel a sense of inclusion, equity and belonging.

We aim to include diverse representation of employees or other stakeholders on our interview panels, further supporting good hiring practices.


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