Diversity in the APS

The Australian Public Service is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture where all staff are valued, respected and recognised for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives. We acknowledge the skills and perspectives that people may bring to the workplace by gender, race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or other difference.

We are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion which supports all employees to reach their full potential. Our commitment is demonstrated through workplace diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and initiatives. These include:

  • access to flexible working arrangements such as part-time work and flexible hours
  • training and awareness programmes and support for managers, staff and teams including Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Disability Awareness and Confidence training
  • celebrating diversity days and events to promote awareness and inclusion, such as NAIDOC Week, International Day of People with Disability, and Harmony Day
  • diversity-specific employee networks, designed for staff to connect, express their views and experiences and share information including Indigenous employee networks; disability networks; and lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and intersex networks.

To ensure employees are supported and have access to opportunities for growth and development within the workplace The Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2013 specify that the APS Value on equity in employment requires, in particular, measures aimed at eliminating any employment-related disadvantage on the basis of:

  • being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • disability.

With the exception of gender, diversity data is supplied to agencies by individuals on a voluntary basis, so it is up to you if you want to disclose your status to your employer.