Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

At the ACIC, we look to reflect the diversity of the communities we protect. Regardless of your experience or background we strive to create a diverse and inclusive culture, both at work and beyond.

We value how our differences can improve the workplace and aim to be responsive to the additional challenges faced by some groups. We all have different experiences, backgrounds and beliefs. This 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 or caring responsibilities.

We are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, valued and empowered to bring their whole self to work – an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace that reflects the Australian community. Our teams share this vision and are better connected, informed and capable of responding to serious and organised crime threats.

We also have a number of employee-led working groups to support diversity in the workplace. These focus on:

  • gender equality
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • First Nations people
  • people with disability.

We are working on a new Reconciliation Action Plan that will outline our vision and actions to work towards reconciliation and how we will celebrate and respect the knowledge, understanding and experience of the custodians of the oldest living cultures in the world.

Indigenous artwork 2024

‘Shining a Light’ by Teina Kingi, a proud Larrakia and Yanyuwa woman, was commissioned in 2021.

What diversity means to us

From the get-go, I knew my team was supportive of my identity. First impressions matter, and I knew that this was a safe environment to be in from the very beginning.

Having a team that’s supportive helps me to be unapologetically me. I find I do my best work in that type of environment. It gives me the freedom of actively contributing to work without any hesitance.

I value that freedom, and I think everyone else does too.

Being able to bring my genuine self to work is so important to me. It’s been amazing to feel so supported by my team and the agency more broadly.

When I first started being an active ally I would be nervous to share my thoughts because I had a fear of saying the wrong thing. I have since realised that the most important thing I can do is show up.

I’m proud to be an ally and promote the richness of diversity. It’s important to me to be an ally because I want everyone to have the opportunities and be treated fairly.

Your everyday words and actions matter. They can either create or diminish space for the people around you to feel accepted and free enough to be themselves.

I’m a cyber security and digital forensics graduate, and for me especially, it’s truly something special to see CaLD women or women-identifying working in STEM roles. Growing up, I never saw CaLD women in IT and never considered the possibility of myself being successful in any tech position.

Seeing diversity around me makes for a very comfortable environment.

Inclusion is essential in maintaining positive, healthy human relationships and interactions. Inclusion fosters respect, and awareness for several diversity groups in the workplace including gender, Indigenous Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse people, mature age, LGBTQIA+ and people with disability.

Indigenous employment

We are committed to providing employment opportunities for First Nations people, enabling our agency to develop a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures in the Australian community while building a culturally diverse agency.

The ACIC participates in centralised recruitment through the Indigenous Graduate Pathway. This initiative is committed to the development and advancement of careers and building partnerships with First Nations communities which is outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander you will be able to complete one application and be considered for multiple agencies and departments within the Australian Public Service (APS).

For more information please visit APS Jobs.