EAST GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL
HOT INNOVATION AREA: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to promoting inclusive employment, which they’ve chosen to demonstrate by highlighting the talent pools found in diverse but typically neglected areas such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disabilities and youth. To improve the employment participation of these groups, the council officers developed a specialist recruitment guide for the recruiting managers. The guide contained provisions on areas such as organisational culture for inclusive practices, evaluation of recruitment process, potential barriers to employment of diverse groups, workplace mentoring and support. Following this, the council launched a number of initiatives to complete the inclusive employment project, such as training on culture and mentoring, a review of accessibility on corporate websites, paid employment placements, and a job skills roadshow for students.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN ACTION
Based on the council’s recruitment guide, the team launched the following initiatives to welcome more employees from the Indigenous community:
• Cross-cultural Awareness Training – tours and on-site visits for all staff, management and councillors to understand cultural intricacies of the Aboriginal community
• Mentor Training – for designated mentors, contact officers, and HR staff to support new Aboriginal employees
• Indigenous School-based Trainees – hired by the council to be part of the Parks and Gardens team and the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre