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.

The Department 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. The Department actively encourages diversity and supports the following staff networks:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network
  • Staff with Disability Network
  • DSS Pride Network (LGBTIQ)

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

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce – APS Indigenous Employment Strategy 2012 -2016
  • Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-17
  • Disability Workforce Action Plan 2015-18
  • As One: Making it Happen APS Disability Employment Strategy 2016-19 and APS RecruitAbility Scheme
  • 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
  • LGBTQI Workforce – DSS Pride Committee, Pride in Diversity membership and Australian Workplace Equality Index Submission
  • Care Aware workplace and our obligations under the Carer Recognition Act 2010
  • Gender and Equality in the Workforce

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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