NOTE: This publication was formerly known as 1010.0 - ABS Workplace Diversity Action Plan, 2013-2017
The ABS is working to improve our workplaces so they better reflect our community, are more inclusive and benefit from the diverse skills, perspectives and experiences of our employees. We welcome diversity in all its forms in our workplaces where everyone can contribute fully, feel valued, and be themselves without fear. As we continue our transformation journey, being diverse and inclusive supports us to become a higher performing and infinitely stronger organisation.
What is Inclusion and Diversity?
Inclusion and diversity means recognising, respecting and valuing individual differences, and having an environment where people are empowered and can fully contribute their talents, skills, experiences, thoughts and energies to the workplace. It involves removing barriers to ensure everyone is able to participate and have equal access to opportunities. It enables new and innovative ways to work, solve problems and create efficiencies and quality outcomes for the benefit of the organisation.
Why Inclusion and Diversity matters
When inclusion and diversity are valued and embodied in the workplace, we see benefits such as better decision making, higher employee engagement, improved performance, greater innovation, retention of the people we need in the future, and improved employee wellbeing, as well as lower levels of unwanted behaviours such as bullying and harassment.
Inclusion and Diversity are everyone’s responsibility and require a collective approach. Unless people are consciously inclusive, exclusion can occur unintentionally. People who feel they belong perform better, become more willing to challenge themselves and are more resilient. Inclusion leads to belonging, belonging leads to engagement, engagement leads to high performance and productivity. Inclusion allows individuals to bring their authentic selves to work.