Communities in NSW are made up of diverse groups including Aboriginal people, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, people with a disability, women and young people.
Promoting diversity in local government is about recognising the needs, values and contribution that these diverse groups can make to local government and encouraging their participation at all levels.
Promoting diversity in leadership and decision-making roles, including elected representatives and senior staff, is particularly important.
Why is Promoting Diversity in Local Government important?
The lack of diversity in elected representatives and in the workforce of many councils has been a long-term issue in NSW.
By promoting diversity councils can ensure better representation, a more highly skilled workforce and better decision-making to create a stronger and more sustainable local government system and better outcomes for local communities.
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