The workforce of Australia’s media and screen industries is becoming increasingly diverse, leading to exciting creative collaborations and opportunities. However, many insiders still don’t understand why diversity is important and how to do it well. Our cultural heritages and lived experiences influence the way we think, talk and tell stories, yet our systems have a long way to go to recognise the true value of diversity in relation to creative work. As a result, practitioners from diverse backgrounds may find it hard to get a foot in the door, and those who have made it in may struggle to have their voices heard.
We need to keep working on making our media landscape more representative, and doing it well. Let’s get it right in theory, as well as in practice. It’s time for ‘Diversity 2.0’.
Diversity in Australian Media