Diversity builds a more effective and productive organisation with access to a broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives. Finance supports diversity in the workplace and is working actively to build an inclusive workplace in which all staff feel a sense of belonging.
2017-19 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan
In collaboration with our Finance Networks, external memberships and most importantly our staff, Finance is committed to building an inclusive workplace that fosters collaboration and innovation.
Achievements so far:
Our commitment to diversity is demonstrated by our achievements, some of which include:
- implementing our fourth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during 2016-18
- implementing a Gender Equality Action Plan
- a range of Diversity events held frequently throughout the year
- applying RecruitAbility to our recruitment processes
- having a SES Diversity Champion, who represents the department at a range of forums and networks
- implementing a ‘flexible by default’ approach to provide more staff with access to our range of flexible work arrangements
- implementing a Reasonable Adjustment Passport Policy to support staff who require workplace adjustments
- developing policies that support cultural diversity, for example allowing the substitution of gazetted public holidays to recognise religious or cultural ceremonies
- continuing support for staff-led cultural networks: the Gender Equity Network (GEN), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (ATSISN), the Ability Network, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex plus (LGBTI+) Network, the Emerging Leaders Network and the Social Club
- participating in Stepping Into (disability internship program) coordinated by the Australian Network on Disability (AND)
- providing reflection rooms
- providing breastfeeding facilities as an Australian Breastfeeding Association accredited workplace.
Finance Diversity Networks
Finance has five staff-led diversity networks, which collectively aim to increase awareness of diversity, share Finance’s aspirations and values and make a positive contribution to the department’s culture. These are the:
- Gender Equity Network
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network
- Ability Network for those with mental health conditions, people with disability and their carers
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Plus (LGBTI+) Network
- Emerging Leaders Network
- Social Club
The department encourages all Finance staff to join a network, whether they identify themselves or are interested in being a supportive ally. You can also join the Finance Social Club, a team committed to empowering the Finance community to take ownership of and steer the social culture.