About the Survey

Women of Colour Australia (WoCA), Australia's leading not-for-profit organisation advocating for a fairer and more equitable Australia for all Women of Colour is proud to roll out its second Women of Colour in the Australian Workplace Survey.

We are seeking insight into the workplace realities facing Women of Colour (WoC) across Australia in 2023.

This online survey aims to map the lived experiences of Women of Colour in Australian workplaces and provides a safe avenue for WoC to voice their views and perspectives, shaping the direction and initiatives of WoCA. It will also build on gaps in the academic literature unpacking how discrimination influences ideas of psychological safety and mental well-being for Women of Colour. Finally, responses from this survey will be used to provide recommendations to industry and government to better support Women of Colour in Australian workplaces.

This research work is independently funded by Women of Colour Australia in collaboration with the Australian National University. It builds on our groundbreaking Women of Colour in the Australian Workplace 2020 Survey which led to the creation of our flagship programs such as the WoCMentorWoC Program and the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program, as well as supporting our Advocacy initiatives across the local, state and federal government and Australian workplaces.

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Who can participate in this Survey?

We invite anyone who identifies as a Woman of Colour, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women that are working in Australia to complete this 20-minute survey. You can view and download the Participant Information Statement (PIS) here. All participants have an opportunity to go into the draw to win a $100 gift voucher. The Survey will close on June 30, 2023. 

With thanks to our University Partner

Our Active Listening and Learning Commitment

Women of Colour Australia is committed to listening and learning actively. We respect and value the diverse voices of our community. If you have feedback regarding this survey, or ideas to include in our future research projects, please email us at research@womenofcolour.org.au.

Our Research and Advocacy Teams (volunteer capacity) are 100% led and run by Women of Colour and this research was developed in line with WoCA's Ethical Co-Creation Framework.

We exist to champion Australia’s Women of Colour.


"Women of Color is not a biological designation. It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. It is a term that has a lot of power." Loretta Ross
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Women - Transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women. Self-definition is at the discretion of the individual.
Definition credit: wire.org.au


A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
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