COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a ‘macho strain of nationalism’ on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception. Since the emergence of the pandemic, some Asian-Australians were all of a sudden made to feel like outsiders with some questioning their Australianness, identity and sense of belonging. In this time of need, strong leadership is required, no less than in the form of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our cohesive society.
Convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership at the Australian National University, the second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) comes at a critical time. Australia has a significant and growing Asian-Australian community at around 12 per cent of the total population yet according to the Australian Human Rights Commission Cultural Diversity Leadership Blueprint, only 1.6 per cent of Chief Executives and equivalents are of Asian-Australian backgrounds. Not only do we need to address the rise of racism and discrimination, we also need to advance our thinking and focus on how best we better recognise and utilise Asian-Australian talent domestically and internationally to secure Australia’s post-COVID-19 recovery and future prosperity.
Australia has a significant and growing Asian-Australian community, at around 12 per cent of the total population. However, there is systematic under-representation of Asian-Australians in senior leadership roles in our community.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Cultural Diversity Leadership Blueprint examined the cultural backgrounds of Chief Executive Officers of ASX200 companies, federal government ministers, heads of federal and state government departments and vice-chancellors of universities. The Commission found that just 1.6 per cent of them were Asian-Australians.
The Summit includes sector-focused discussions focusing on greater representation of Asian-Australians in the following sectors:
The 2020 Summit will be presented online.
Further details coming soon.