Women, CALD, people 24 and under, people 45 and over and LGBTI workers
There are a number of identified diversity groups arising from the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. These include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, youth and mature aged workers.
More recently, some Public Services and certain sectors in Australia have commenced programs of work around maximising inclusive practices and organisational cultures for the LGBTIQ community.
The Commissioner and Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment have collaborated to provide specific strategies around improving the representation in public employment of:
- People with disability, through See my abilities: An employment strategy for people with disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through Aboriginal employment initiatives.
Below are tools and resources public authorities may find useful as they work towards improving the representation of people from diverse groups in their workforces.
Women in leadership
- The Public Sector Commission’s 2013 research into women in senior leadership.
- The Department of Local Government and Communities 2015 Women’s Report Card: An indicator report of Western Australian women’s progress and a range of other resources for women’s involvement in the community.
- The Committee for Perth’s 2015 Filling the pool report.
- The Equal Opportunity Commission’s CEOs for gender equity initiative, of which the Commissioner is a member.
- The Department of Commerce, Labour Relations Division’s information on pay equity in the WA public sector.
- The New South Wales Public Service Commission, the South Australian Office for the Public Sector and the Australian Public Service Commission’s strategies around women in leadership and gender equality in leadership.
People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- The Office of Multicultural Interests and Public Sector Commission’s Diverse WA Cultural Competency Training. This is a free online training program for WA public sector and local government employees. More information is available from the Office of Multicultural Interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Office of Multicultural Interests works to promote and maximise the many benefits of WA’s cultural diversity and provides resources and guidance for public authorities.
People 24 and under
- The Public Sector Commission provides pathways to employment for young people and people completing studies at university.
People 45 and over
- The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2016 Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.
LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex)
- The South Australian Office for the Public Sector’s Strategy for the inclusion of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people 2014/2016.
- The University of Western Australia’s Ally Network.
Page last updated 19 August 2016