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Defence understands that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds increase capability and deepen our cultural understanding. This helps to build effective relationships with our counterparts and allies. Defence aims to provide an inclusive working environment that respects, values and utilises the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

It is recognised that cultural diversity is an asset to an organisation and Defence recognises the opportunity to gain from the diversity of its workforce for operational capability. Defence strives to create a supportive, flexible and fair work environment that embraces cultural and linguistic diversity and commits to establishing a workforce that reflects the Australian community.

As at 1 January 2020, people who identify has having a cultural and linguistic background represent 33.2% of the Defence APS workforce.

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