Image: Wear it Purple Day at the Public Sector Commission
Public sector staff now have more time to submit their ideas on diversity and inclusion after the continuous wave of ideas on iThink from across the sector has seen the first challenge extended to Friday, 27 September.
Phase 1 launched with great success, with more than 119 new ideas backed by almost 2,500 votes and more than 650 comments. The Public Sector Commission (PSC) is now rolling out Phase 2, extending the challenge to local government, government trading enterprises and public universities, along with WA public servants.
Suzi Morris from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has already had her idea come to life, having proposed to widely celebrate ‘Wear it Purple Day’ on 30 August. This proposal led to a CEO Gateway message to all organisations encouraging a celebration of the day.
“I was overwhelmed by the response to Wear it Purple Day at Dumas House. So grateful to everyone who supported the day,” Ms Morris said.
“This is a fantastic initiative for the community to show their support to young LGBTQI+ people, who may feel lost or uncomfortable in expressing themselves freely. Everyone has a right to be their true selves and be proud of who they are,” said PSC’s Sonja Cox, Executive Director of People, Culture and Diversity and Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment.
“The iThink community continues to enable us to hear from staff from across the sector about how we can improve diversity and value the contribution of all staff. It’s exciting to see ideas come through, and even more exciting to see them become reality,” said Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill.
The iThink team will be running a series of information sessions and live system demonstrations in government hub areas, including at 140 William Street. Interested staff will have the opportunity to see system capabilities, hear about next steps for the online ideas community, and ask any questions.
If your agency would like to host a demonstration, or you would simply like to attend a session, contact the team at iThink@psc.wa.gov.au.
Not yet joined the community on iThink? Join us online and submit your ideas today!
Image: (From top and left to right) Wear it Purple Day at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Finance and Department of Education
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