Respect for diversity is a core value of our department. If we are to be the best education system in Australia, we need to create a workplace that encourages and supports opportunities for employees of all backgrounds and life experience to achieve, succeed and be their best.
I am delighted to announce the NSW Department of Education’s new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022.
Creativity and innovation will thrive if we all have opportunities to succeed, so we can do the best job we can for the students and communities of NSW. That’s why it’s important we embrace this strategy as we strive to prepare young people in our schools to lead rewarding and productive lives in a complex and dynamic world.
Our new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is for the 86,000 people who work for the department – and for the students and community we serve.
What will we be doing?
Over the next five years we commit to action in three priority areas:
- building a more inclusive workforce by raising awareness, understanding and engagement with diversity
- attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining a workforce which is more reflective of the community we serve, and
- strengthening the data and evidence we collect about our workforce so we can make more informed decisions and deliver sustainable initiatives.
What are our targets?
Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy sets specific targets for a more diverse workforce in five focus areas:
- Aboriginal people
- people with disability
- culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people
- women in leadership and
- male teachers
We recognise that diversity extends beyond these areas, so we will aim to foster a more inclusive culture with respect to age, marital status, sexual orientation, educational level and socio-economic background.
The first step is to establish a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion team within the department to scope what we need to do to reach the targets we have set within our timeframe.