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

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

Area/s of focus Timeframe in years Status
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. 1-2 Developing

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

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

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

Area/s of focus Timeframe in years Status
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. 1-2 New

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

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


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