The work of the department touches every Australian community and underpins our economy and society. We recognise and value diversity as our strength and we promote a culture of inclusion to enhance our work performance and the wellbeing of everyone.
The department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2024 PDF: 1469 KB is an important driver in growing this culture of inclusion and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to action. It reflects our values and supports us in defining who we are, how we deliver our business and serve the Australian people.
The diversity and inclusion workstream is led by our Diversity Lead Champion, who provides strategic advice and leadership to achieve impactful and sustainable cultural change. The Diversity Lead Champion also chairs our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and reports progress on workstream activities to the Operations Committee.
We have a dedicated Culture team within the Human Resources and Property branch who provide advice and support to managers and staff on all matters of diversity and inclusion. The Culture team can be contacted at email@example.com.
The department has a range of entry-level programs designed specifically for people from diverse backgrounds including internships, traineeships, and the Indigenous Graduate Program.
APS Indigenous Graduate Program
The department participates in the APS Indigenous Graduate Program. The recruitment process for this program is managed by the Australian Public Service Commission.
The department also encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for its Graduate Development Program through Indigenous Employment Affirmative Measures. For more information, please see the Graduate Development Program page.
Career Starter Program
The Career Starter Program is an award winning entry level program run through the Department of Finance. As a Career Starter, you will have a full time permanent job with a competitive starting salary in the Australian Public Service. For eligibility please see the Department of Finance website.
Diversity Champions and Staff Networks
The department has six senior executive Diversity Champions and staff-led Networks, which provide support, education, and advocacy of diversity and inclusion, in particular relating to their diversity areas of focus. The Diversity Champions also lead and monitor progress and report to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Our Staff networks include:
- Gender Equality Network
- Disability and Allies Network
- Indigenous Staff Network
- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Network
- Pride and Allies Network
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Network
Diversity Programs and Initiatives
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy
The department's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy 2020-2022 articulates our goal to see a sustainable increase in the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our workforce.
Through this strategy, we are committed to three critical areas of focus:
- Creating, increasing and sustaining employment opportunities;
- Providing meaningful career pathways and capability development opportunities; and
- Building and sustaining a culturally capable and culturally safe workplace.
Jawun Secondment Program
The department offers eligible employees the opportunity to undertake secondments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations through the APSC's Jawun Secondment Program. Being involved in Jawun is part of the department's commitment to making diversity part of our everyday business. Employees have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and increase the department's cultural capability.
Reconciliation Action Plan
The department is currently developing an ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to guide our work towards ‘closing the gap’ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The department's RAP demonstrates our commitment to reconciliation and making it part of our everyday business.
The department supports reasonable adjustment requests in any stage of the assessment process to remove barriers and to facilitate full participation in all aspects of employment for staff with disability.
The department holds memberships with Diversity Council Australia, Australian Network of Disability and Pride in Diversity.