PM&C is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace, where staff from Culturally and Linguistically Backgrounds (CALD) backgrounds are supported in an department that embraces and values the cultural diversity. Our Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson is a member of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity and is supported in this role by PM&C CALD Champion who acts as Deputy champion in this forum.
This year, the Council has discussed research initiatives to boost understanding of barriers that limit the progression of people from CALD backgrounds to senior leadership positions, learning and development opportunities and public events to raise awareness of the barriers to progression for people from CALD backgrounds. Involvement in this forum supports efforts to develop and maintain the Australian Public Service as an organisation which are representative of the broader Australian population.
The CALD Employee Network in PM&C has around 150 members and celebrates diversity through:
- Events and initiatives,
- Providing information to the Department's Senior Executive on ways to celebrate diversity and how to communicate CALD events and sensitivities to the Department,
- Supporting Departmental language groups,
- Providing mentoring and peer support for all CALD staff; and
- Advertising existing services provided by the Department.