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.
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.
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.