Our Workforce strategy 2012-2017 provides the context for the development of this plan, with the aim of increasing the reach of our current diversity initiatives and focusing on removing barriers that prevent workplace participation and progression for people from a range of diversity groups.
We are committed to supporting initiatives that promote workplace diversity and the development and implementation of the AMSA Diversity Plan 2014–17 will allow us to continue to strengthen the diversity of our workforce.
Workplace diversity refers to the range of individual differences between people at work relating to age, gender, social background/experience, race, culture, disability, sexual orientation, and family responsibilities (including carers). We understand that building a diverse, inclusive workforce and culture where everyone is treated equally, fairly and with respect will assist in the organisation achieving its strategic goals.
Supporting workplace diversity does not challenge our policy to make decisions on merit, rather, an awareness of issues associated with workplace diversity enables us to be more certain that decisions are in fact, made on the basis of merit.