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Workplace diversity

OPC’s Workplace Diversity Program

The objectives of OPC’s Workplace Diversity Program are to:

  • raise awareness of workplace diversity and of the value of a diverse workforce;
  • ensure that workplace structures, conditions, systems and procedures foster diversity and allow employees to manage work and personal life;
  • ensure equity in employment is promoted and upheld;
  • continue to provide opportunities for employees to participate and contribute to the work of OPC; and
  • prevent and eliminate bullying, harassment and unlawful discrimination in the workplace.

These are areas that OPC is continuing to address and will look to improve upon in the coming year.

OPC’s Reconciliation Action Plan

OPC is committed to the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and other Australians and recognises the importance of reconciliation to Australia’s future.

OPC’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was developed in consultation with staff to promote reconciliation both within OPC and across the broader Australian community. OPC’s RAP includes strategies for the recruitment and employment of Indigenous Australians and the promotion of an understanding of Indigenous culture and issues among all our staff.

During the year, the activities undertaken as part of the RAP included:

  • secondments to the Jawun program being offered to all staff, (two employees applied and one has been selected to participate);
  • staff forming teams and undertaking the 10,000 steps program based on the Rabbit Proof Fence trail;
  • promoting of Indigenous walking trails in the ACT;
  • celebration of Reconciliation Week;
  • promotion of the online National Acknowledgement of Country
  • promotion of the live debate Reconciliation Bridge Walks of 2000: Paving the Path for Reconciliation;
  • promotion of In Concert Together: Busby Marou, Alice Skye and Jimblah, hosted by Christine Anu for National Reconciliation Week 2020; and
  • a seminar by one of our drafters, Carl Godfrey, on the High Court's Mabo decision at an all staff-meeting.

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace accreditation

OPC has made an ongoing commitment to provide a supportive environment for breastfeeding women.

OPC maintains accreditation as a “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace” from the Australian Breastfeeding Association by providing:

  • guidance to staff about our workplace facilities and practices that support women to meet both their work and family commitments;
  • appropriate facilities that double as parenting rooms; and
  • information to staff about our breastfeeding policies in our induction program and a “comeback pack” for staff commencing maternity leave.

During the year, OPC’s accreditation as a “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace” from the Australian Breastfeeding Association was renewed.