Diversity and inclusion
Health is an inclusive workplace where we acknowledge and respect diversity. Find out how our action plans and staff networks encourage diversity.
We are committed to being inclusive, culturally aware, and responsive to the needs of individuals in our policies and practices. Program initiatives have been developed and continue to be implemented to broaden diversity and inclusion in our workplace, supporting a wide range of diversity dimensions including gender, age, disability, LGBTI+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and cultural diversity.
Find out how our action plans and staff networks encourage diversity.
Diversity helps us to:
- be more innovative
- develop good policy
- better understand and serve our clients
- attract a wide range of talented staff.
Our inclusive workplace understands and respects differences, such as:
- caring responsibilities
- cultural background
- educational level
- gender expression
- Intersex status
- religious beliefs
- sexual orientation.
Our action plans
We have action plans to support an inclusive and diverse workforce, including our:
Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021–2023 (RAP) outlines how we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to build relationships, show respect and improve opportunities.
Our LGBTI+ Action Plan is our formal commitment to an inclusive workplace, and becoming an employer of choice for LGBTI+ people and their allies. It sets out how we will create an environment that empowers all our staff to participate effectively and be valued for their contributions.
Champions promoting diversity
Our senior executives play an important role as champions, providing leadership that creates a positive and inclusive workplace.
Our champions include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Champions
- Disability and Carers Champions
- Gender Equality Champions
- Health Pride Champions
- Multicultural Champions.
We give staff a voice and encourage action on diversity issues. Our Networks include:
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network, including a Friends of the Network for non-Indigenous staff
- Disability and Carers Network
- Gender Equality Network Health Pride Network
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network.
We encourage all staff to join a network.
Who we work with
We are members of:
- Australian Breastfeeding Association — Health is an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace and continues to provide a workplace that supports a family friendly environment which enables employees to balance breastfeeding and work responsibilities.
- Australian Network on Disability — a national organisation that helps employers to welcome people with disability in all aspects of business.
- Carers NSW Australia — is a non-government organisation for carers in New South Wales. Carers NSW works with all carers regardless of their age, location, life-stage or circumstances.
- Diversity Council of Australia — an independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Pride in Diversity — an employer support program that encourages Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion. Health has achieved Bronze Employer status through the Australian Workplace Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool on LGBTQ workplace inclusion
- Reconciliation Australia — a support organisation that promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and career development
We attract and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff through:
- the Australian Public Service Commission Indigenous Graduate Pathway program
- Services Australia's Indigenous Apprenticeships Program
- the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, Pat Turner scholarship
- affirmative measures recruitment
- career development opportunities and workshops.
If you have any questions about diversity and inclusion at Health you can contact inclusion [at] health.gov.au.