Diversity and inclusion in the Department
The Department of HomeAffairs is committed to building and valuing a diverse workforce that represents the community it serves; a workforce that fosters inclusiveness and embraces the diversity of its people, such as differences in cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity and sexual orientation.
The Department supports its staff by realising their full potential through removing employment-related disadvantages and barriers to participation.
The Department drives innovation, performance and producitivty be empowering its diverse workforce to utilise the unique skills, ideas and perspectives and qualities that they contribute to every day.
The Department encourages applications from a broad range of suitably skilled people to deliver diverse responsibilities and to perform many complex roles by offering flexible work arrangements, diversity networks, and by implementing relevant diversity action plans.
Statement of Commitment
The Department has a Statement of Commitment: Workplace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion that outlines our commitment to building and valuing a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve, a workforce that fosters inclusiveness and embraces the diversity of its people, such as differences in cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Department has Champions at the senior executive level who drive the diversity agenda for our workforce, advocate for the full inclusion of all staff, and influence sustainable change for our organisation.
The Department has a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Team who support our champions and staff by managing a yearly program of diversity and inclusion initiatives and events.
The Department has several diversity networks that provide a platform for staff to come together and connect on workplace matters relating to disability, gender equality, Indigenous, LGBTI+ and CALD.
These networks have the support of our Diversity Champions and meet on a regular basis in an informal environment, to encourage information sharing and to discuss ways to progress important issues, advance initiatives and raise awareness.
Staff are welcome to join one or more diversity networks of their choice, noting that staff don’t have to identify with a particular cohort to be a member.
Diversity days of significance
Diversity days of significance are recognised in the Department annually to promote awareness of our diversity cohorts. These days are acknowledged either through online communications, events with guest speakers or through other activities, such as fundraising for advocacy groups.
These days include, but are not limited to, International Day of People with Disability, International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, NAIDOC and National Reconciliation Week, Harmony Day and International Day for the Older Person and International Youth Day.