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Workforce diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are critical to Finance's organisational culture. We value and embrace the unique skills and qualities of our staff to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace for all staff.

Under the guidance of the Cultural Network Leadership Group, our diversity networks support gender equity, disability, LGBTI inclusion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Our networks have continued to be a source of support and have enhanced our staff’s connection to each other and their colleagues, particularly as we manage the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During 2020–21, Finance supported a range of initiatives to improve the Department’s diversity outcomes, including:

  • seven staff networks that celebrate and support diversity across Finance—each network is championed by SES champions or sponsors who provide strong leadership and advocacy on diversity and inclusion
  • various events to raise awareness of diversity, many of which were conducted where staff could be engaged both in person and online—for example, National Reconciliation Week activities, Mental Health Week and International Women’s Day
  • the development of a Domestic and Family Violence Framework to support behavioural change at an individual, team and organisation level, as well as a practical toolkit for individuals, colleagues and managers to assist staff when facing domestic and family violence issues
  • cultural awareness and immersion activities, language classes and diversity training as part of ongoing learning and development offerings to all staff—training was delivered both online and through face-to-face forums
  • participation in diversity-related entry-level programs—such as Indigenous development programs, trainee/internship programs for people with disability and the Finance Career Starter Program
  • engagement in the Australian Network on Disability PACE Mentoring Program (Positive Action towards Career Engagement)
  • affirmative measures in stream recruitment processes to address the under-representation in the APS of people with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • development of Finance’s 2021–23 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan which will be released in mid–2021
  • development of a refreshed Diversity@Finance Strategy and action plan which will be released in 2021–22.