Communique No 9 - December 2018

Communique No 9 - December 2018

PM&C Secretaries Equality and Diversity Council
Friday, 25 January 2019

Secretaries Equality and Diversity Council

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In December 2018, the Secretaries Equality and Diversity Council (the Council) convened to discuss the outcomes of an organisational change project which sought to identify barriers, levers and strategies for better embedding inclusive work practices across the Australian Public Service (APS).

The Council considered the findings of “diagnostic workshops” undertaken with six departments to uncover the patterns and behaviours of staff, managers and leaders. The workshops identified that the key to shifting social norms on inclusive work practices within the APS is through initiatives that are tangible, leader-led, team-based and responsive to the local challenges of each department’s “social system”.

The project identified four key ways that departments could reshape inclusive work practices across the APS:

  • Identify and share best practice initiatives across departments;
  • Ensure senior leaders meaningfully role model inclusive work practices;
  • Improve local team routines by codifying inclusive work practices at the EL2 level; and
  • Address core organisational processes that can be inhibited by exclusive practices built up over time.

The Council agreed to incorporate these principles into its future work program, and that individual departments would consider undertaking specific actions to promote inclusive work practices relevant to their local context. The Council agreed it would remain a vehicle for sharing best practice approaches on inclusion across the APS.

The Council also noted updates on the Mental Health Discovery Project and the work undertaken by the APS Indigenous Senior Executive Service Network.