Diversity, equity and inclusion
We are committed to:
- championing an inclusive culture that promotes diversity, dignity and respect
- enabling diverse Queensland communities to benefit from employment opportunities and economic advancement
- ensuring customers have access to, and can benefit from, our services.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We are committed to creating a culturally capable workplace where we value the diverse knowledge, skills, history, traditions and cultures of our Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and seek to maximise their employment and career development opportunities.
We recognise that many of our First Nations people have considerable knowledge of land, natural resources and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. This knowledge should be properly and fairly recognised in the employment and career development process.
As part of our commitment, we offer several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetships every year.
To accelerate progress towards increasing the proportion of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders working in the department, we have developed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cultural capability action plan 2021-2023 (PDF, 706.5KB).
Our employee networks ensure that lived-experience insights, advice and co-design inform our work.
Our networks are:
- All Abilities Action Group for disability inclusion
- Generations in the Workplace for supporting employees transition to retirement
- Parents’ and Carers’ Network for parents and caregivers of all ages
- Proudly Me Committee for LGBTQ+ inclusion
- Young Professionals’ Network for employees under 30 years
Our impact zones
Age-friendly workplaces (young professionals and pre-retirement)
We understand that young professionals are the future leaders of the public sector, and we actively encourage their growth and development. Our Young Professionals Network offers a platform to forge professional connections, acquire essential workplace skills and pursue ambitious career goals. With a plethora of personal and professional development opportunities, the network is empowering the next generation of trailblazers in the public sector.
We embrace the power of experience, valuing the unique perspectives and insights that mature-aged employees bring to the table. We support our employees as they navigate their journey towards retirement or choose to work longer, providing them with planning tools and support.
We are a proud member of Australian Network on Disability as we drive accessibility and inclusion for employees with disability.
We celebrate Disability Action Week and International Day of People with Disability, and we provide training for managers so they can confidently attract, recruit, develop and retain people with all abilities.
Our Disability Service Plan 2022-2023 (PDF, 226.4KB) outlines how we create positive change.
During recruitment, we make adjustments, including alternative formats, to ensure we get to know you in the best way possible. As an employee, if changes are needed for your workplace or workstation, we will collaborate with you to find a suitable solution.
For information on recruitment assistance, work environment, location accessibility, or alternative process formats, email email@example.com.
We are a proud member of Pride in Diversity as we champion LGBTQ+ inclusion in our workplace.
Our Proudly Me Committee and regional rainbow liaison officers drive LGBTQ+ inclusion in our offices throughout Queensland.
We celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), International Pride Month and Wear it Purple Day. We provide ally training to all employees.
We have a gender transition policy, gender-neutral policies and inclusive parental leave entitlements.
Parents and carers
We support parents and carers to balance their personal and professional commitments with flexible work arrangements.
We believe in fair treatment and recognise the importance of financial security, so we provide paid superannuation on all paid leave, including parental leave.
Our Parents’ and Carers’ Network supports employees before, during and after family formation and caring responsibilities. It also provides a space for parents and carers to connect socially and learn from each other. We host monthly social events for employees across Queensland.
Our other commitments
Cultural and linguistic diversity
We are a proud supporter of Racism. It Stops With Me and actively commit to dismantling racism.
We recognise International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and celebrate Multicultural Queensland Month.
Our Multicultural action plan 2022-2023 (PDF, 329.3KB) outlines how we create positive change.
Domestic and family violence prevention
We proudly deliver Griffith University's MATE Bystander Program to employees. This program empowers employees to be proactive bystanders, step in and address problematic behaviour, prevent violence against women, and promote equality.
Employees receive education on recognising, responding to and supporting colleagues impacted by domestic and family violence with sensitivity and kindness.
We provide paid leave and other support for employees impacted by these challenging situations.
We are dedicated to advancing gender equity and eliminating sexism.
We are committed to attracting more women to our STEM roles, ensuring gender parity within our leadership teams and fostering a family-friendly workplace for all employees.
We celebrate Queensland Women’s Week with our department’s women’s forum to promote financial and personal wellbeing.
Last reviewed: 10 July 2023