The Graduate Program is a key element of our talent pipeline and builds organisational capability. The program, now in its fifth year, engages graduates who are highly talented, motivated and who bring a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience to the workplace.
Our 2019 Graduate Program received 198 applications, from which we engaged six graduates with degrees in health, legal, public policy and science.
Throughout the Graduate Program, graduates are provided with interesting and challenging work, multiple internal work placements and access to professional development. Our graduates participate in the Australian Public Service Commission’s Graduate Development Program, which gives them the opportunity to experience working on a major project, establish networks with fellow graduates across the APS, and participate in challenging assessment activities.
Diversity and inclusion
We recognise the rich diversity of people within the Australian community and we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment to everyone regardless of their age, ethnicity, disability, social background, sexual orientation or gender identity.
In 2018–19, we continued to implement and progress our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plans 2016–2019 which provide specific and targeted action plans for six identified diversity areas:
- gender equality
- people with disability
- Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- mature age employees, and
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ+).
Workplace Inclusion Network
Our employee-led WIN is the driving force behind our inclusive workplace culture. The WIN meets regularly to discuss diversity, raise issues and share experiences with diversity and inclusion. It is driven by the enthusiasm and passion of employee champions and has the support and sponsorship of our SES sponsor, Sarah Costelloe. In addition to progressing elements of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2016–2019, the WIN and its champions raise the profile of our diversity areas by celebrating days of significance, building our networks with external diversity groups, collaborating with other APS agencies and reviewing our internal policies and procedures through a diversity lens.
Disability reporting mechanism
Since 1994, non-corporate Commonwealth entities have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007–08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, entities have no longer been required to report on these functions.
The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020, which sets out a 10-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high-level, two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are faring. The first of these progress reports was published in 2014, and can be found at www.dss.gov.au.