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2018 winners and finalists

 

Individual award

WINNER: Scott Grimley - National Museum of Australia

Scott Grimley is a passionate advocate for diversity. Through his lived experience with visual impairment, Scott has demonstrated resilience and leadership in disability advocacy and support for the Museum, the APS, and the broader ACT community. By sharing his experiences and knowledge, Scott has made significant progress increasing staff awareness, improving access, reducing stigma and enhancing an inclusive workplace environment at the Museum for both staff and visitors.

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Lisa Conway - Department of Human Services

Lisa Conway is a Yorta Yorta woman who also has ancestral ties to Kurringai lands. Lisa is a tireless champion for diversity and equality through her passion for culturally responsive service delivery and the cultural safety of her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues. Her leadership and vision have been key to the development of the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Program for social workers. Lisa demonstrates tenacity and courage in sharing her knowledge, perspectives and personal experiences to foster an inclusive workplace culture and promote cultural change.

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Department / agency award

WINNER: Department of Human Services – SES Changing Mindsets Program

The SES Changing Mindsets Program is a successful and innovative disability awareness program that is driving cultural change through direct exposure to the experiences of people with disability. The Program provides SES participants with renewed incentive to address stereotypical attitudes around disability employment and drive leadership and management best practice. The program has a positive impact on both participants and workplace culture.

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Department of Defence – Defence Radiation Safety and Environment

Team members in the Defence Radiation Safety and Environment team display their commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace through active care and inclusion of their colleagues from different cultural and religious backgrounds. The team has taken active steps to accommodate the needs of team members from different religious backgrounds. The culture of inclusivity that has been fostered by the team has allowed all employees to bring their whole selves to work and contribute fully in the workplace.

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Network award

WINNER: Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) – Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia’s (SWA) Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) is an employee-led network with an engaged membership of over a quarter of the agency. Although part of a small agency, the network has big ambitions. The WIN’s mission is to create a workplace where every person, regardless of what makes them unique, is encouraged and supported to bring their true and whole selves to work.

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Pride Network – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Pride Network’s vision is to support an inclusive workplace for all staff, regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, or intersex status. It aims to do this through policy review, advocacy, community visibility, networking and support. 

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Gender Equality award

WINNER: Digital Transformation Agency – Women in IT Mentoring and Coaching

The Digital Transformation Agency’s Women in IT Mentoring and Coaching (WITEM) initiatives tackle the issue of the underrepresentation of women in the ICT profession. The two program match women or individuals who do not identify with a gender with senior IT leaders from across government for 12 months. To date, over 780 participants have been involved in the two programs, with many past participants attributing professional confidence and career growth to their completion of the program.

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Department of Jobs and Small Business – Gender Equality Network, Inclusion for Everyone (GENIE)

Gender Equality Network, Inclusion for Everyone (GENIE) is the Department of Jobs and Small Business gender equality employee network. GENIE supports its members, and all employees of the department and portfolio agencies, through advocacy of gender related issues, creating regular networking opportunities, and a focus on giving a voice to gender issues. GENIE has led a range of innovative activities to improve gender equality including the GENIE Share Library, and the Canberra City Parking Guide.

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Special mentions

Department of Finance – “You Can’t Ask That!”

The Department of Finance showcased the benefits of cross-Network collaborating by hosting an engaging and thought-provoking panel discussion “You Can’t Ask That!” – inspired by the television show of the same name. Panel members courageously shared insight into their lives and helped to break down stereotypes while answering questions people are normally too afraid to ask.

Department of Human Services – Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

The Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme is a cross-agency entry-level programme managed by the Department of Human Services, designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with a career in the APS. This year, the department received more than 2300 applications for more than 90 locations around Australia.

Last reviewed: 
26 November 2018