Building inclusive workplaces is about being able to attract a diverse talent pool and appropriately supporting diverse people once they are employed. Inclusive workplaces are characterised by respect and where all individuals’ unique perspectives, ideas and contributions are recognised and valued.
Public authorities should proactively and openly promote inclusive workplaces, and celebrate the achievements of people from all diverse groups.
Below are tools and resources public authorities may find useful as they work towards building more inclusive workplaces.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission’s online information for employers, provides free employer resources to promote diversity and prevent workplace discrimination. It includes:
- A quick guide to Australian discrimination laws
- Good practice, good business factsheets
- Step-by-step guide to preventing discrimination in recruitment, toolkits and guidelines.
- The Diversity Council Australia is the independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to business in Australia. Diversity Council Australia provides a range of employer information and tools public authorities may find useful including:
- Wordsatwork: Being Inclusion through the Power of Language – a video resource on appropriate language in the workplace.
- The Department of Commerce Labour Relations Division’s Be a best practice employer page on improving flexibility in the workplace has tools and tips for retaining mature age workers.
- The Victorian Human Rights Commission has tools that help public authorities assess competencies for moving towards and managing diversity good practice, including a competency assessment tool and case studies.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission, Diversity Council Australia and VicHealth’s Workplace cultural diversity tool.
- The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. They are committed to promoting and contributing to understanding, acceptance and public debate of gender equality issues in the workplace. Their vision is for women and men to be equally represented, valued and rewarded in the workplace. They provide a wide range of resources and tools public authorities may find useful, including:
- Gender Strategy Toolkit – a valuable toolkit to assist agencies to develop, implement and evaluate a Gender Equality Strategy.
Page last updated 5 October 2016