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Workforce Diversity and Equity

The department is committed to the inclusion of diversity and equity principles and practices across our workforce. By creating an inclusive workforce, where people are valued for their diverse culture, knowledge, skills and abilities, we will provide quality, considered and culturally responsive services to the Queensland community.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Census

To assist in ensuring our workforce reflects the community that we serve, it is important for all staff to complete the strictly confidential, EEO Census form indicating identification with any of the following EEO groups:

The census can be completed in one of two ways:


All staff within the department are encouraged to support various awareness celebrations which recognise the economic, political and social achievements of EEO groups. These include the following events:

Queensland Multicultural Awards
These long-standing awards play an important part in promoting multiculturalism and recognising the contributions of individuals, businesses, agencies and community organisations. There are six categories and all nominations will be considered for a special Minister's award for Multiculturalism in Queensland. Awards categories are:

Nominations for the 2015 awards are now closed.

8 March International Women's Day External Link - 'Make it happen'

21 March Harmony Day External Link

27 May - 3 June Reconciliation Week External Link - 'It's time to change it up!'

5 - 12 July NAIDOC Week External Link - 'We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate'

13 - 19 September Disability Action Week External Link

Diversity Training Program

The online Diversity Training Program has been designed to provide staff with an introduction to cultural awareness and to develop an understanding of EEO groups.

The program consists of five courses. Each course is broken down into a series of contemporary and interactive modules as follows:



Anti-discrimination awareness

  • Legislation
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Responsibilities

Disability awareness

  • Understanding disability
  • Employing a person with a disability

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness

  • Aboriginal cultural awareness
  • Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness
  • Inclusive workplaces and respectful relationships

Women in leadership

  • Gender equity
  • Leadership

Multicultural awareness

(including Australian South Sea Islander cultural awareness)

  • Understanding multiculturalism
  • Developing cultural competence
  • About Australian South Sea Islanders

All courses are complimented by extensive resources for ongoing learning; however, staff are encouraged to seek in-depth cultural awareness training opportunities.


Registration is free and open to all staff through the Learning Place. To register for access staff should go to the Diversity Training Program on the Learning Place. If you experience difficulties registering please contact the Learning Place via email:

Directives, policy and procedures

Workforce diversity and equity practices are supported by a number of directives and departmental policies and procedures including, but not limited to, the following:

Workforce Diversity and Equity Guidelines

Reasonable Adjustment for People with Disabilities External Link

Pregnancy in the Workplace External Link

Breastfeeding and work Adobe PDF document External Link

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