Diversity and inclusion in the Department

Diversity and inclusion is important to all aspects of our work and is embedded in our training service standards, processes and procedures.

The diversity and inclusion focus areas for the Department are:

  • People with disability
  • Gender equality
  • Indigenous employment
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) workforce
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD)
  • Intergenerational workforce (staff under 25 and over 45 years of age)

Statement of Commitment
The Department has a Statement of Commitment: Workplace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion that outlines our commitment to building and valuing a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve, a workforce that fosters inclusiveness and embraces the diversity of its people, such as differences in cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Diversity Champions
The Department has Champions at the senior executive level who drive the diversity agenda for our workforce, advocate for the full inclusion of all staff, and influence sustainable change for our organisation.

We also have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Team who support our staff and champions by managing a yearly program of diversity and inclusion initiatives and events.

Diversity networks

The Department has several diversity networks that provide a platform for staff to come together and connect on workplace matters relating to disability, gender equality, Indigenous, LGBTI+ and CALD.

These networks have the support of our Diversity Champions and meet on a regular basis in an informal environment, to encourage information sharing and to discuss ways to progress important issues, advance initiatives and raise awareness.

Staff are welcome to join one or more diversity networks of their choice, noting that staff don’t have to identify with a particular cohort to be a member.

Diversity days of significance

Diversity days of significance are recognised in the Department annually to promote awareness of our diversity cohorts. These days are acknowledged either through online communications, events with guest speakers or through other activities, such as fundraising for advocacy groups.

These days include, but are not limited to, International Day of People with Disability, International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, NAIDOC and National Reconciliation Week, Harmony Day and International Day for the Older Person and International Youth Day.

“As a staff member with disability, I am passionate about driving positive change and raising awareness about disability inclusion in the workplace. The Department has provided me with the opportunities to chair the Focus on Ability Network which is a staff network that is open to anyone interested in advocating for staff with disability and carer’s of people with disability. My managers have supported and encouraged my involvement in these forums and valued my contribution to creating an inclusive workplace.”

 

Justine, Focus on Ability Network Chair

“The Department has an active interest in supporting the LGBTI+ community through recognition of important events and actions, it is also a member of national action groups to effect change in the workspace at all levels.  New staff members from within the community can be confident they are entering an organisation serious about creating an inclusive environment.”

 

 

 

Chris, LGBTI+ Staff and Allies Network Member

“I have recently returned to work after extended paternity leave to care for my three young children and have accessed flexible hours to work part time, while caring for my children the rest of the week.

It’s great that the Departments flexible working arrangements applies to men too. The fact that I’ve been so present at home has given the children, and I, a deep bond and I know that I am loved and relied on—it’s a strong and steadying feeling”

 

Alex, Department of Home Affairs

“While participating in the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program, I have been given the opportunity to study a Certificate IV in Government. The Department of Home Affairs has ensured I am supported throughout the program and am successful in kick starting my career.

I have access to the Indigenous Support Staff Network (ISSN) where we can collaborate, access job opportunities, information about the program, development opportunities and keep in touch with colleagues. I’ve also been paired with a buddy who was also a previous apprentice and the support I received from them has been amazing.”

Brad, Indigenous Apprentice and ISSN member

"My family has a long history in the Northern Territory and the Indigenous part of my mob is Finnis River Brinkin, which borders Larrakia country. My heritage includes Chinese, Italian, German, English, Scottish and Indigenous.

I work in the Multicultural Community Relations Section which supports the Government’s engagement with Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  There is always something new to learn about our different communities and the work is always interesting.”

 

Daniel, CALD Network and ISSN member