WCS embraces, supports and strengthens diversity within our community, our services and our organisation. We respond to all staff, service users and members of the community equitably, with respect for their individual identities and diversity. This experience of diversity includes, but is not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural background, abilities, religious beliefs and lived experience.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original custodians of the lands and waters of Australia. We recognise the diversity of experiences, cultures, histories, languages and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We recognise human diversity as an asset and a strength: we value each person’s uniqueness, using these strengths and perspectives to create opportunities for continuing growth and connection.

We actively challenge and respond to the systemic disadvantage many groups in our society face: we advocate for equality and stand with those voicing opposition to all forms of discrimination. We partner with and reinforce the voices of all diverse communities and align with organisations who do the same.

We create a culture of respect and inclusivity within our organisation where everyone feels valued and can contribute: we actively encourage applicants of all life experiences and ensure appropriately qualified and experienced people are engaged for each role. We support our diverse workforce of employees and volunteers providing an environment where everyone can contribute in the way that is most meaningful to them. We act decisively against any inappropriate behaviour including discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation.

Our services are safe and accessible: we listen with openness. We are considerate and responsive. We seek feedback and reflect on our work. We reduce barriers to inclusion across our services. We continuously improve our service delivery by adjusting and expanding our services to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities.

Diversity Work Plan

WCS is developing and embedding a work plan to fulfil these commitments. All parts of the organisation will be involved in this work over the next year and beyond.

This work plan includes actions in the following topics:

  1. Organisational commitment and culture – developing this statement and plans for responding to specific experiences of diversity
  2. Relationships with communities – building our relationships and collaborations with different community groups
  3. Staff recruitment and support for a diverse and inclusive workforce – reviewing current practices and workforce needs and identifying how to improve accessibility and support
  4. Staff cultural competence and training – exploring options for staff development to build awareness and appreciation of experiences of diversity, and our capacity to respond effectively
  5. Promotion & accessibility of services – understanding and addressing the barriers people may face in accessing WCS services
  6. Service delivery model – ensuring how we deliver services is consistent with our commitment to diversity, working with the diverse community to develop our services.

See also our commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.