Priority one

Build an inclusive workforce through employee awareness, understanding and engagement.

Priority 1.1 Increase understanding and awareness by leveraging cultural events and significant dates.

Area/s of focusTimeframe in yearsStatus
Aboriginal people: NAIDOC week (July) - celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal people.1-2Ongoing
People with disability: International People with Disability (IPwD) Day (December 3) - explore challenges and opportunities for people with disability.1-2Ongoing
CALD: Harmony Day (March 21) - focus on the value of cultural differences, challenges and opportunities.1-2Ongoing
Women in leadership: International Women’s Day (March 8) - celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.1-2Ongoing

Priority 1.2 Seek opportunities build and strengthen relationships with diversity groups through employee networks and other initiatives.

Area/s of focusTimeframe in yearsStatus
Male teachers: Male teacher employee network to advise on motivations for teaching, experiences, barriers and challenges. Investigate and conduct departmental research into barriers and challenges faced by male teachers.1-2Developing

Aboriginal people: Central Aboriginal network with links in to current regional networks to provide inputs to initiatives and feedback information related to Aboriginal employees.

1-2Developing
CALD: Cultural diversity employee network (or a broader D&I employee network).1-2Developing
CALD: Dedicated spaces for reflection, meditation or prayer at each office and school.1-2Developing

Priority 1.3 Increase staff cultural and disability awareness and understanding and capacity to remove barriers and bias.

Area/s of focusTimeframe in yearsStatus
Aboriginal people: Design fit-for-purpose Aboriginal cultural awareness training aligned with PSC requirements and sector wide established programs, addressing ‘unconscious bias’, perceptions, attitudes and behaviours to raise understanding of Aboriginal cultures and perspectives.1-2New

People with disability: Align ICT procurement policy and standards to ensure communications and business systems are accessible.

1-2New
People with disability: Build capability in how to recognise exclusion, learn from diversity and develop universally designed barrier free systems and processes.2-3New
People with disability: Disability confidence training for recruiters and hiring managers.2-3New
People with disability: Accessibility requirements within myPL course approval process.2-3New
Aboriginal people: Make Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country guidelines available.2-4New
CALD: Multicultural NSW cultural competence program or similar, rollout to all employees.2-4New
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