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 or barriers faced by some groups.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce to better deliver on or vision of an Australia hostile to a criminal exploitation. The purpose of our agency is to protect Australia from criminal threats through coordinating a strategic response and the collection, assessment and dissemination of intelligence and policing information. We achieve this by collecting, analysing and disseminating criminal intelligence; sharing information to support police partners through our national policing systems and services; and supporting employment and entitlement decisions through delivery of background checking services.

What is workplace diversity?

Workplace diversity describes the qualities that all employees bring to our agency 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 or caring 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 Action Plans.

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 equality
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQ+)
  • mature-age and intergenerational workforce.

Diversity action plans

The ACIC is committed to supporting our staff. We seek the best talent and aim to reflect the diversity of the Australian community that we serve and to create a safe, welcoming and supportive workplace for everyone. Our diversity action plans ensure that we meet our commitment to provide a supportive workplace culture, promote inclusive leadership and foster respect and awareness for diversity in the workplace.

LGBTIQ+ Action Plan

Our LGBTIQ+ Action Plan 2020−24 supports workplace equality and recognises the diversity of (LGBTIQ+) communities and rainbow families.

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.