learning and a more diverse workforce

Lack of diversity is a close relative of discrimination, so it is important for employers to know what discrimination is and take steps to prevent it in the workplace. In addressing initiatives to make the workplace more diverse, the guiding principle is: positive action is legal, but positive discrimination is illegal. Building a diverse workforce also makes good business sense, as set out in ‘creating a balanced and diverse workforce‘ in chapter 3.

In an effort to help strengthen Australian businesses through diversity, the government provides a range of support for employers. The following organisations can be contacted for further information on grants and available support with training and development of people from diverse backgrounds:


Department of Jobs and Small Business

Responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment, and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. Advice and latest thinking on a great range of issues, from parental leave to giving feedback; suitable for job seekers, employees and employers.


Disability Employment Services (DES)

Helping people with disability, injury or a health condition find work and keep a job. An overhaul in 2018 aims to improve services and support available from the DES; increase job choices and employer incentives; and help those who need these services find a job and remain in employment.


Job Access 
Providing support and advice for employees with disability; for employers, who need access to the talents and resources of the one-fifth of the working-age population who live with a disability; and service providers, whose role is to match people to jobs.


Restart incentive

A financial incentive scheme to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature-age employees who are 50 years of age and over. The subsidy available can reduce the costs for employers of hiring older workers. Eligibility terms apply.


Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) 
A service to support and connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Australian Government jobs. Includes a comprehensive list of agencies, current vacancies and career support, such as mentoring and networking.



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