Strategic Plan 2021-2023

Our Vision

A world where Girls and Women of Colour are afforded equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.

Our Purpose

To advocate, support and strengthen the lives and experiences of Women of Colour in all places & spaces in Australia.

Our Focus & Values

We EDUCATE ourselves and seek with purpose & intention opportunities for GROWTH

We SUPPORT each other to build a sense of BELONGING

We ADVOCATE for ourselves and for our COMMUNITY to drive change


Our Principles & Behaviours

We strive to create a safe and inclusive space

We share community and individual experiences to build a sense of belonging.

We advocate for professional and personal development

We will drive the agenda for Women of Colour through lobbying for diversity, equity & inclusion policies, practices, programs, and beliefs that fully account for intersecting and overlapping identities.

We are productive and have a measurable impact

We measure how our organisational initiatives increase people’s knowledge, skill, behavior and ultimately opportunity. We use outcome-based metrics that allow us to drive return on investment.

We understand the best outcomes are achieved through partnership and collaboration

Championing the opportunities and experiences of Women of Colour is a co-owned agenda – its success is only as good as the support of the allies and existing bodies who will help to champion and actively commit to bridging gaps and collectively work to dismantling inequitable systems and structures.

Our Objectives

Timeframe: 2021-2023
Focus Area(s): Education/Advocacy
Objective 1:  Build and maintain a credible evidence base for Women of Colour Australia’s policies, initiatives, and programs; and utilise evidence to influence decision making.

  1. Produce and publish at least one piece of research per year relating to Women of Colour in the workplace and business space.
  2. Build a highly-respected national network of research and academic contacts and partners.
  3. Submit data-driven, evidence-based position papers to relevant agencies that will help shape and/or reform law and policies affecting Women of Colour in Australia.

Timeframe: 2021-2023
Focus Area(s): Support/Advocacy
Objective 2: Engage and communicate effectively with Women of Colour and allies to understand the opportunities and constraints for Women of Colour in the workplace and in the business space, and leverage data and insights to promote change within workplaces and business spaces.

  1. Create and implement communications and engagement strategies to connect with Women of Colour and allies. The strategy must ensure meaningful and respectful consultation and involvement from First Nations communities.
  2. Consult and collaborate with at least five allied Australian organisations and businesses per year to share research, data and insights regarding opportunities and constraints for Women of Colour to promote change within workplaces.

Timeframe: 2021-2023
Focus Area: Education
Objective 3: Provide access to industry-leading resources that will equip Women of Colour to succeed in the Australian workplace and business spaces.

  1. Collaborate and co-design with experts in the field to develop and implement a mentorship and executive leadership program designed by Women of Colour for Women of Colour to equip Women of Colour to progress and advance in their careers.
  2. Collaborate and co-design with experts in the field to develop and implement an entrepreneurship program designed by Women of Colour for Women of Colour to equip entrepreneurial Women of Colour to access key business skills, mentors, resources, and funding to grow sustainable businesses with a target of 100+ Women of Colour completing the program.
  3. Establish relationships with organisations that can provide resources and expertise to support the programs.

Timeframe: 2021-2023
Focus Area: Education/Support
Objective 4: Create an active Women of Colour Australia community that embodies and promotes the organisation’s values and vision to further opportunities, partnerships, and growth.

  1. Establish a regular giving and gift program.
  2. Recruit volunteers to assist Women of Colour Australia with its purpose.
  3. Participate in two community outreach programs per year.
  4. Hold two networking events per year.
  5. Create a digital publishing platform that will champion the voices of Women of Colour.

We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility and moral imperative to help dismantle the systemic barriers and structural inequities oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that this land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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