Diversity and inclusion in the public sector

Increasing representation and belonging of diverse people across all levels of the public sector workforce.

As the State’s largest employer, we recognise the importance of strengthening diversity and inclusion across all agencies, and are committed to doing so.

Setting diversity and inclusion as a priority and leading the way to achieving greater outcomes are key to accomplishing our twin goals: 

  1. workforce diversification: increasing the representation of people from different backgrounds at all levels across our sector
  2. workforce inclusion: ensuring all staff in the sector experience a sense of belonging and inclusion in the work environment.

Evidence shows that diversity and inclusion in the workforce are key to improving productivity and innovative thinking.

A diverse and inclusive workforce with an understanding of community needs and expectations can also respond better to a rapidly changing environment and ensure the best service is delivered. 

The Commission has released the Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy for WA Public Sector Employment 2020–2025 and six action plans for the public sector. These include actions for the Commission and agencies to support the achievement of the twin goals.

Collectively, we can make the sector a place where people from all walks of life are empowered to better serve the community.

Learn more about the strategy and Commission’s diversity initiatives below:

Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plans

A sector-wide approach to improve diversity and inclusion in our sector.

How to use the exceptions in the Equal Opportunity Act 1984

Recruiting for and developing diverse talent in the public sector.

Psychologically Safe and Inclusive Workplaces

A guide for public sector agencies

Jawun Program

Information and resources to apply for the Jawun Program.

Workforce and diversity planning

Guidance materials for workforce and diversity planning.

Cultural Considerations in the Workplace

Understanding diverse sexualities and genders

Key information and terms to build awareness and understanding of diverse sexualities and genders to help create inclusive and respectful workplaces.

Understanding and Using Workforce Diversity Information

A guide for public authorities, particularly human resources teams, on how to use workforce diversity information provided by the Public Sector Commission to inform workforce planning, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Aboriginal cultural awareness training

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training available for all public sector employees.

Entry level pathways

Programs available to people 24 years and under or current high school or university students.

Page reviewed 22 November 2022