Shifting the Balance

Cultural Diversity in Leadership within the Australian Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

Diversity Arts Australia, BYP Group, and Western Sydney University

For this report, we have examined the cultural backgrounds of 1,980 Board chairs and members, chief executive officers, creative directors, senior executives and award panel judges from 200 major cultural organizations, government bodies and award panels. These organizations represent the nation’s leading arts, screen, creative and heritage organizations and awards from the not-for-profit, government and for-profit sectors.

By undertaking this project and providing this information, it is our aim that creative sector organizations will be better able to identify and address barriers to inclusion and participation by people with CALD backgrounds, including in programming and employment. Furthermore, this report provides a starting point for the development of more substantial research into the composition and organizational cultures of creative sector organizations, and the causes for CALD under-representation in these organizations. This would mirror similar work being done in other sectors, such as the 2013 report Futurestep: The Diversity and Inclusion Study: A Survey of Companies of Australia and New Zealand by Diversity Council Australia, Korn/Ferry International.

Source: Executive Summary