15 November 2022

Public service recognised for excellence in diversity

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Services Australia CEO Rebecca Skinner: Services Australia has been recognised for their diversity excellence two years in a row. Photo: Services Australia.

It’s Inclusion at Work Week, and to mark the occasion, the Diversity Council Australia has recognised 30 organisations across the country as Inclusive Employers – including four federal government entities.

Services Australia, Defence Housing Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation have all received the honour for 2022-23.

Services Australia has been named on the list for the second year in a row.

Recognition as an Inclusive Employer is unique in Australia, and according to DCA, inclusive workplaces occur when a diversity of people are respected, connected, progressing and contributing to organisational success.

DCA’s chief executive officer Lisa Annese noted that her organisation’s Inclusive Index was rigorous and that being named as an inclusive employer was not an award but rather a way of measuring inclusion in a robust way.

“Inclusion is good for employers and for employees. The organisations that have participated in this year’s Inclusive Employer Index are demonstrating their commitment to inclusion. Through their participation, they can reflect on their achievements and identify ways to do even better,” Ms Annese said.

“This year’s list of organisations is diverse – with employers large and small from a wide spectrum of industries. Inclusion isn’t an add-on extra for these organisations, it is a super-power and it is critical to their success.”

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To be deemed eligible as an Inclusive Employer 2022-2023, participating DCA members must:

  • Invite at least 60 per cent of their employees to participate in DCA’s Inclusive Employer Index Assessment, where they provide detailed responses about their experience of inclusion at work, and
  • Show that they are active and committed to inclusion by achieving results that exceed the National Index Benchmark on at least five out of six of the following measures: (i) Awareness; (ii) Engagement; (iii) Inclusive Organisational Climate; (iv) Inclusive Leadership; (v) Inclusive Team; (vi) Exclusion.

Services Australia CEO Rebecca Skinner said being recognised as an inclusive employer and achieving Inclusive Employer Status for a second year is a proud moment for Services Australia.

“As an agency that supports almost every Australian at some point in their life, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age or ability, it’s important that inclusion is at the heart of everything we do,” she said.

Defence Housing Australia managing director Barry Jackson said he was proud that DHA was acknowledged as an inclusive employer.

“This recognition acknowledges DHA’s ongoing commitment to becoming a more respectful and inclusive workplace, where all employees feel safe and confident to bring their whole selves to work,” he said.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority CEO Mick Kinley said AMSA was “immensely proud” to be designated an inclusive employer.

“This achievement is a testament to our continued focus on embedding inclusive values at AMSA and provides us with a clear baseline from which to grow,” he said.

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s CEO Ian Learmonth said his organisation was delighted at the recognition.

“We began our important work as Australia’s ‘green bank’ 10 years ago. As a specialist investor, we continued to rely on the deep investment and technical expertise of our people, empowered by our shared commitment to impact, innovation, integrity and collaboration,” he said.

“These characteristics reflect the diverse and inclusive nature of the CEFC workforce and the breadth of the skills and experience we bring to addressing the defining challenge of our time – combatting climate change.”

The full list of DCA’s Inclusive Employers 2022-23 can be viewed here.

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I’m a migrant from southern Europe who came here in 1956.

The current obsession with diversity is the greatest load of nonsense & waste of money I have seen.

Its fashionable virtue signalling & totally pointless.

All it does is allow people to build an empire & nice career without achieving anything useful.

The current APS definition of ‘inclusive’ mentioned above is actually not very inclusive at all. If they really wanted to be ‘inclusive’ they should extend the definition (and bring in quotas) to include people with medical conditions, people with mental health conditions, carers, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people of different political persuasions, and people who actually bring something different to the APS. Being in a room with people who all share a similar view (the current public service model) is boring and outdated.

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