Equity and diversity at the Department of Communities

We welcome diversity, aim to be inclusive and to respect the culture of everyone we work with.

The Department of Communities (Communities) acknowledges the Traditional Custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders past and present.

We respectfully refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as ‘Aboriginal’.

At Communities, we take a holistic approach to helping individuals, families and communities, and part of that is recognising everyone’s unique identity, culture and lived experiences.

We welcome diversity, aim to be inclusive and to respect the culture of everyone we work with.

Through our Equity and Diversity Plan, we aim to increase the representation of people from diverse groups working at our agency by creating a culture where everyone has equal access to employment and development opportunities.

Among our priorities is addressing the representation and support of people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, women in leadership, youth and young professionals.

We are also taking action to support people with diverse sexualities and genders, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds within our agency.

A diverse workforce will help us reflect the Western Australians we serve, providing greater insight into their needs and how we can better support them.

A diverse workforce also improves productivity, generates innovation and encourages creativity.

The Western Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act) recognises that equal opportunity is not necessarily achieved by treating everyone the same.  The objective of the Act is to promote equality of opportunity (such as employment and training opportunities) and to eliminate discrimination for individuals, wherever possible. The Act also recognises that in certain circumstances discrimination, which would otherwise be unlawful, can be used positively to further meet the objectives of the Act.

To ensure that our workforce represents the community in which we serve, Communities will be using specific parts of the Act in its recruitment strategies to achieve equality, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate discrimination for individuals, wherever possible.

If you are interested in working with us, please visit Careers at the Department of Communities to find out about our employment and training opportunities, including opportunities for people from diverse groups.

Communities is a Principal Partner Member of Pride in Diversity and has achieved Disability Confident Recruiter status through the Australian Network on Disability.

Page reviewed 18 January 2022