Workplace diversity and inclusion

We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Candidates with disability can make requests for modifications or adjustments. The requests may assist you in applying for positions or, if you are successful, in your position.

If you have particular requirements that need to be met in order to submit your application, please email or contact the Recruitment Branch on 1800 906 144, select option 1 DHS staff then option 1 HR Services followed by option 3 Recruitment Services.

Notify the contact officer via email or phone before the closing date if you have requirements to participate in an interview or attend an assessment centre.

We also participate in the Australian Public Service (APS) RecruitAbility Scheme which supports the employment of people with disability in the APS.

Read more about our employment support for people with disability.

Diversity and inclusion in the department

We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture where all our staff are valued and recognised for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives. We acknowledge the skills and perspectives that people may bring to the workplace by gender, race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or other difference.

We are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion which supports all employees to reach their full potential. Our commitment is demonstrated through workplace diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and initiatives. These include:

  • access to flexible working arrangements such as part time work and flexible hours
  • training and awareness programs and support for managers, staff and teams including Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Disability Awareness and Confidence training
  • celebrating diversity days and events to promote awareness and inclusion
  • diversity specific employee networks designed for staff to connect, express their views and experiences and share information

Read the stories of 5 employees who have shared how they have been supported by us in the workplace.

Kahli's story

Kahli's story shows how entry level programs can help people from a broad range of backgrounds to start rewarding careers with the department.

Brian's story

Brian's story shows how, by recruiting people without discrimination, the department benefits from a broad range of experience and increases the departments’ ability to deliver business outcomes.

Peter's story

Peter's story shows how applying reasonable adjustment and providing assistive technology helps people with disability to work effectively in the department.

Bev's story

Bev continues to be a productive employee while managing a mental health condition.

Todd's story

Todd's story shows how the employment conditions in the Enterprise Agreement can help employees balance their working and personal lives.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Our Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy outlines our formal commitment to the workplace culture that:

  • builds respect
  • fosters inclusiveness
  • promotes diversity
  • embraces the unique skills and qualities of all of our employees

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