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Our approach to diversity

How we demonstrate that we value a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Last updated 2 July 2023

We recognise that one of our greatest assets is the diversity of our people and the different experiences and perspectives they bring to the organisation. These differences can be sexual orientation, gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious beliefs or other lived experiences.

We value a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can achieve their full potential. Building an inclusive workplace promotes:

  • improved productivity
  • greater creativity and innovation
  • higher employee well-being and engagement
  • reduced employee turnover.

As an Australian Public Service (APS) agency, it is important our workforce reflects the diverse Australian community we serve. Our staff have a broad range of skills and experiences, helping us to deliver for the government and the community.

We are proud to be recognised as one of the leading APS agencies in creating an inclusive workplace culture where all employees can bring their unique and best selves to work. We have made significant progress as a diverse and inclusive organisation over recent years, including being:

  • awarded Gold level status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index four times
  • rated as a top three employer in the Australian Network on Disability Access and Inclusion Index
  • awarded the Australian Human Resources Institute 2019 Michael Kirby LGBTQ Inclusion Award.

We are committed to lifting diversity and inclusion to the next level. Our 2024 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is our formal commitment to increasing the diversity of our workforce and offering an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.