Workplace equity and diversity
There are many important benefits to Council of applying Equal Employment Opportunity; implementing the principles of multiculturalism; and incorporating the social justice principles of equity, access, participation and rights across all levels of workforce planning.
- maximising the potential recruitment pool available to Council
- Council’s workforce better reflecting and communicating with the local community it serves
- better understanding the issues affecting the local community
- making Council’s programs accessible to the diverse range of local people
- better achieving the community’s aims as expressed in the Community Strategic Plan.
EEO management plans are required under the Local Government Act 1993 and should form part of the workforce management strategy.
Observing or implementing the principles of multiculturalism is a requirement for councils under the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000 and can also be applied effectively to workforce planning in conjunction with EEO targets and strategies.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Section 345 of the Local Government Act sets out the requirements for council EEO management plans and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 sets out the requirements for reporting on activities to implement Council’s EEO management plan.
Principles of Multiculturalism
The principles of multiculturalism are:
- having the opportunity to participate in public life
- making provision for the culture, language and religion of others
- having the opportunity to participate in relevant activities and programs
- recognising and promoting as a valuable resource the linguistic and cultural assets in the NSW population.
Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally, a framework and kit for local councils, was developed by the DLG in conjunction with the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW and applies to community programs targeting culturally and linguistically diverse members of the community. The principles can equally be applied to the workforce planning process in order to ensure that Council’s workforce reflects the community it serves and provides a conduit for information and understanding of issues between Council and its culturally diverse communities.