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APS diversity and gender equality contributions honoured at 2018 awards

The second annual Australian Public Service Diversity and Gender Equality Awards were presented yesterday morning, highlighting how all levels of the public service can contribute, not just organisation leaders.

Individual award

Scott Grimley from the National Museum of Australia picked up the individual contribution award.

“Scott Grimley is a passionate advocate for diversity. Through his lived experience with visual impairment, Scott has demonstrated resilience and leadership in disability advocacy and support for the Museum, the APS, and the broader ACT community. By sharing his experiences and knowledge, Scott has made significant progress increasing staff awareness, improving access, reducing stigma and enhancing an inclusive workplace environment at the Museum for both staff and visitors.”

The other finalist in the individual category was Lisa Conway from the Department of Human Service for advocacy for culturally responsive service delivery and the cultural safety of her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues.

Department/agency award

The SES Changing Mindset program at the Department of Human Services took out top honours for the team award.

“The SES Changing Mindsets Program is a successful and innovative disability awareness program that is driving cultural change through direct exposure to the experiences of people with disability. The Program provides SES participants with renewed incentive to address stereotypical attitudes around disability employment and drive leadership and management best practice. The program has a positive impact on both participants and workplace culture.”

The other finalist in the department/agency category was Defence Radiation Safety and Environment from the Department of Defence.

Network award

The Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) from Safe Work Australia was recognised in the category for employee-run networks.

“Safe Work Australia’s (SWA) Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) is an employee-led network with an engaged membership of over a quarter of the agency. Although part of a small agency, the network has big ambitions. The WIN’s mission is to create a workplace where every person, regardless of what makes them unique, is encouraged and supported to bring their true and whole selves to work.”

The other finalist in the network category was the Pride Network at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Gender equality award

Women in IT Mentoring and Coaching (WITEM) at the Digital Transformation Agency picked up the gender equality award.

“The Digital Transformation Agency’s Women in IT Mentoring and Coaching (WITEM) initiatives tackle the issue of the underrepresentation of women in the ICT profession. The two program match women or individuals who do not identify with a gender with senior IT leaders from across government for 12 months. To date, over 780 participants have been involved in the two programs, with many past participants attributing professional confidence and career growth to their completion of the program.”

The other finalist in the gender equality category was Gender Equality Network, Inclusion for Everyone (GENIE) at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Additionally, two special mentions were included in the finalists:

  • Department of Finance – “You Can’t Ask That!” — The Department of Finance showcased the benefits of cross-Network collaborating by hosting an engaging and thought-provoking panel discussion “You Can’t Ask That!” – inspired by the television show of the same name. Panel members courageously shared insight into their lives and helped to break down stereotypes while answering questions people are normally too afraid to ask.
  • Department of Human Services – Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme — The Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme is a cross-agency entry-level programme managed by the Department of Human Services, designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with a career in the APS. This year, the department received more than 2300 applications for more than 90 locations around Australia.

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