DSS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce

The Department of Social Services (DSS) helps to build a strong and fair society for all Australians by delivering social policies that improve people’s lives.

DSS is committed to creating a diverse and socially inclusive work environment that reflects the broader Australian community.

This will be achieved by increasing the diverse representation of employees within the Department, and building positive working relationships that drive key portfolio initiatives.

This plan will align with the APS Social Inclusion Agenda; Values; Code of Conduct; Employment Principles; Workplace Diversity Guideline; and DSS’s Strategic Framework.

Over the next three years our key areas of focus are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce – APS Indigenous Employment Strategy 2012 -2016
  • Accessibility – as one - Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy  and APS RecruitAbility scheme pilot
  • Mental Health – as one – Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work and the Sane Mindful Employer Program
  • Ageing workforce – APS200 Workability and Ageing Project
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex - Pride in Diversity membership
  • Care Aware workplace and our obligations under the Carer Recognition Act 2010

DSS aims to provide an inclusive workplace where each person’s unique perspectives and abilities are valued and applied in the development and delivery of meaningful social policy.

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