Diversity and inclusion

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community. Our recruitment decisions are made on the basis of merit. We are committed to fostering workplaces where people treat each other and the community with respect. We work to prevent and eliminate discrimination in the department on the basis of race, colour, gender identity or expression, intersex status, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin. Our employees enjoy equity and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for professional development, and support to balance their work and private lives.

The department is committed to providing equal employment opportunities, access, equity and social inclusion for all employees, and in particular for the following groups:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • women
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • LGBTIQ people

Indigenous Australians

Suitably qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are strongly encouraged to apply for any of our advertised vacancies.

In support of the government's Closing the Gap: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is committed to increasing recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, including through the use of the APS Affirmative Measures provision. See our Indigenous programs for more information.

People with disability

We aim to be an Australian Public Service leader in bringing about an inclusive Australian society. To achieve this vision, we encourage the participation and contribution of people with disability to inform DFAT policies and will work together with stakeholders to make DFAT not just an employer of choice for employees with disability, but a model employer in the Australian Public Service.

RecruitAbility applies to all vacancies at DFAT. Under the RecruitAbility scheme, applicants will progress to further assessment for the vacancy if they choose to apply under the scheme; declare they have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the role. For more information, see our Disability Action Strategy 2017-2020.

We strongly encourage suitably qualified people with disability to apply for our advertised vacancies. We aim to provide a work environment which is inclusive, supportive and safe for employees with disability.

We make reasonable adjustments for employees with disability and for people with disability who are applicants for employment. If you need assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the application/interview process, please contact:

Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make reasonable adjustment for a person's disability.

Employees’ personal circumstances are taken into account in overseas posting decisions and the department does not require employees with disability to serve in locations where local infrastructure and services do not meet their needs.

Last Updated: 17 January 2018