Inclusion and diversity

Inclusion and diversity

An inclusive culture allows us to perform better, attract and retain the workforce we need, and deliver services that support the communities we serve. In the Department of Education, we believe that each of us, regardless of our position, has a role to play in building workplaces that embrace and value diversity.

We All Belong - inclusion and diversity framework

The Department of Education's We All Belong (PDF, 3.2MB) workforce inclusion and diversity framework was launched in July 2018 outlining our approach to inclusion and diversity – to grow together as an organisation, valuing and embracing the different skills, knowledge and experiences each of our staff brings to our work. Students who feel they belong, are understood, and have role models like them, have the best chance of succeeding to create a Queensland for the future.

Proud at Work

The department aims to provide workplaces where all employees feel safe, valued and supported to bring their whole selves to work. Being an LGBTIQ+ inclusive employer ensures we can maximise the productivity, wellbeing and engagement of all of our staff, so we can better support all Queenslanders. In August 2018, Proud at Work (PDF, 831KB) was released under the We all Belong framework. Watch the department's LGBTIQ+ inclusion video What do we have in Common? on YouTube.

In May 2019 the department was awarded Bronze Standard in the Australian Workforce Equality Index, showing their dedication to building LGBTIQ+ inclusive workplaces.

Able. Valuing talent in all abilities

The department has a vision to ensure people of all abilities can participate fully in all aspects and pathways of employment. This includes being purposeful in the design of facilities, roles, recruitment, and ensuring rewarding career pathways for all employees to create a positive workplace where all departmental staff are valued and feel like they belong. The strategy Able. Valuing talent in all abilities (PDF, 534KB) was launched by the Director-General in December 2019.

A key deliverable of the strategy is the 'All Kinds of Minds' neurodiversity pilot, which aims to establish recruitment pathways to target the strengths and talent of a diverse workforce, focusing on people who are neurodiverse. Watch the department's All Kinds of Minds video Neurodiversity. More than able on YouTube.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will have the best prospect of success when they see role models like them in our workplaces, feel understood, a sense of belonging and their identity, language and culture is valued. You can find out more about the department's commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce inclusion (PDF, 8.2MB).

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island workforce strategy; Strong Connected, Valued and Respected is currently in consultation and will be released in late 2019.

Pathways to Parity

The department aims to provide workplaces where women and men – all employees - have the same rights, access and opportunities to employment and career pathways enabling them to balance work and life commitments and participate fully in our workplaces.

The Pathways to Parity strategy; accelerating the path to gender parity, is currently in consultation and will be released in late 2019.

Flexible by design

The department recognises that providing options for working flexibly fosters an inclusive culture that supports a diverse range of staff to participate fully in our workplaces.

Future development

The department is developing an additional range of exciting inclusion and diversity programs including Many Cultures, Generational Diversity and Inclusive Workplaces. It is anticipated that these strategies will be released for consultation by the end of 2019.

If you have any questions about workforce inclusion and diversity in the department, please email the Diversity, Culture and Engagement team.

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Last updated
24 January 2020