Workplace diversity

Workplace diversity

Workplace diversity at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) means respecting and valuing the skills and experiences each staff member brings to the workplace, as well as being responsive to the additional challenges faced by some groups.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce to better deliver on our purpose of making Australia safer through improved national ability to discover, understand and respond to current and emerging crime threats and criminal justice issues, including the ability to connect police and law enforcement to essential criminal intelligence, policing knowledge and information through collaborative national information systems and services.

What is workplace diversity?

Workplace diversity describes the qualities that all employees bring to ouragency as a result of their different experiences, backgrounds and beliefs. These may include gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, working style, educational level, professional skills, work experience, socio-economic background, marital status and/or family responsibilities.

Workplace diversity involves acknowledging the value of our employees and how their differences can improve the workplace for both the organisation and the individual.

Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee

Our Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee supports our Operations Management Committee by overseeing our agency’s Workplace Diversity Program and helping to develop and maintain our agency’s Diversity Strategy and Action Plan.

The plan incorporates all diversity and inclusion issues including:

  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people with disability
  • gender equity (including LGBTI)
  • mature-age and intergenerational workforce.

Diversity strategy

Our diversity strategy promotes a culture within our agency that embraces the diversity of our existing workforce by engaging all employees and working together to nurture a culture that values diversity.

Reconciliation action plan

We recognise that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will experience unacceptable disadvantage in living standards, life expectancy, education, health and employment in comparison to the average Australian. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines specific actions our agency will take to try to address this imbalance and to foster respectful and productive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all aspects of our business. The RAP also represents our agency’s commitment to ‘closing the gap’ and supporting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.