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The ABS is currently undergoing a major transformation which will continue over the coming years. It will encompass how we operate as an organisation, both internally and as part of the wider information community; our statistical infrastructure; our people and culture; and the statistical solutions we deliver.

One of the key goals for the future state of our people is to have a more diverse workforce that reflects the Australian community. We are strongly committed to increasing our diversity and we particularly welcome applications from Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander graduates and graduates with a disability, two of the most under-represented groups in the ABS.

The ABS Workplace Diversity Action Plan 2013-17 reaffirms the importance the ABS places on providing a workplace that is inclusive, supportive and safe for all its employees and respectful of differences in race, disability, age, sexuality and gender.

We are a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability and have champions for Reconciliation, Disability, our LGBTI community and Gender Diversity.

At the ABS we have support networks for employees with disabilities and carers of people with a disability, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gender diversity group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network (Youmpla).

Our commitment to diversity however, goes beyond our formal diversity plans and recently we recruited 12 people through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP), amended our Miscellaneous Leave Guidelines to provide for employees affected by Domestic and Family Violence and most recently established an ABS LGBTI Network.

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