A more diverse and inclusive workforce across the WA public sector is key to improving productivity and innovation.
A new workforce diversification and inclusion strategy and supporting action plans for women, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability and people of diverse sexualities and genders pave the way to drive improvement.
“The strategy and action plans position the sector to lead on diversity and inclusion,” says Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill.
“This is vitally important for us to be a future-fit sector that delivers real value to the people of Western Australia.”
Developed in consultation with more than 800 people from government, industry and peak organisations, the strategy and plans include aspirational employment targets and practical actions for agencies, with support from the Commission.
The twin goals of the strategy are to:
- increase the representation of people from different backgrounds at all levels across the sector (workforce diversification)
- ensure all staff in the sector experience a sense of belonging and inclusion in the work environment (workforce inclusion).