The Workforce Diversity Strategy was launched at UWA in 2001.
The University is committed to developing strategies that will not only maximise opportunities for all Western Australians to actively participate in employment, but also enhance service delivery to an increasingly diverse student population.
The Workforce Diversity Strategy (WDS) has identified as a priority enhancing the workforce representation and distribution of:
The WDS has involved the establishment of a Diversity Job Bank comprising a network of employment service providers in the identified priority areas that assist with filling positions advertised through the strategy.
The WDS has achieved significant outcomes to date and has employed more than 150 staff across the University since 2001.
Employees recruited through the strategy unanimously endorsed the continuation and expansion of the WDS and revealed high levels of satisfaction with management, colleagues and the UWA environment.
In recognition of these achievements, the University won the prestigious national accolade of the Prime Minister’s Award for the Employment of People with Disabilities for two successive years.
The 24 April 2008 issue of UWA News entitled Sharing skills leads to career path by Lindy Brophy, highlighted one of the achievements of the workforce diversity strategy at UWA.
A comprehensive evaluation of the WDS was undertaken in late 2003 involving both employers and staff recruited through the initiative. Respondents were generally supportive and provided constructive feedback with respect to both strengths and weaknesses of the initiative.
The report recommends the continuation of the strategy in its current format with a range of mechanisms designed to enhance current processes:
A Workforce Diversity Strategy procedure explains the process involved in selecting staff from the Diversity Job Bank. The guide scopes the respective roles of Equity and Diversity and Managers and answers frequently asked questions.