Transdev Australasia has been awarded the 2019 Workforce Diversity Award at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards held overnight in Sydney.
The award acknowledges Transdev’s efforts to improve diversity and gender representation across the public transport sector, in particular within the rail industry.
Despite making up more than half the population, research from the Australasian Rail Association (ARA) indicates that women still only account for one in five people working within the sector (Australasian Rail Association, 2018).
Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati said that the mobility operator had done significant work over the last few years to improve gender diversity, and to attract and retain female talent in frontline, operations and leadership roles.
“At Transdev we have a clear vision for how we want our workforce and industry to look now and into the future – our team needs to reflect the communities we serve. We have clear goals and strategies in place around recruitment, talent development, customer experience and community advocacy,” Mr Agati said.
“We have set ourselves a target to reach 50:50 gender representation in new appointees by 2021, and have made significant progress in increasing the number of women employed across our business.
“Women now make up one in three people employed within our rail operations.”
Since 2017, Transdev has introduced flexible working, gender neutral parental leave, a Women in Leadership mentoring program, and Domestic and Family Violence Support packages for employees, amongst a host of initiatives designed to make the organisation a more inclusive place to work.
The company will soon launch a new internal campaign, under the banner ‘It’s Not Okay Today’, targeting the elimination of everyday sexism in the workplace.
“While we are proud of our achievements to date, we also know that there’s much more to do and we all need to continue working together to create a more inclusive, welcoming and attractive mobility sector,” Mr Agati added.