Diversity is important to us – it’s part of our organisational values. Our diverse workforce helps us to understand and respond to the needs of the changing society that we serve.
At the Blood Service we believe that diversity is more than just recognising difference; it is about leveraging difference and tapping into the diverse perspectives and approaches of each individual employee.
We believe that diversity of thought:
- creates a point of difference,
- fosters a culture that is reflective of our values,
- encourages innovation and creative thinking,
- enhances productivity and increases employee engagement, and
- is integral to our success!
Diversity Strategy 2014 – 2019
Launched in 2014, our Diversity Strategy highlights our commitment to diversity and outlines the actions we will take to better leverage diversity to achieve organisational success.
We aim is to create a diverse, inclusive and adaptable culture that values difference, attracts and retains the best, and delivers a supportive system of work for all employees.
Diversity Action Plan
Our Diversity Action Plan supports and complements our Diversity Strategy and outlines our actions across six diversity areas:
- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD)
- Work Life Fit
- Disability and Mental Health
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI)
Diversity Steering Committee
Our Diversity Steering Committee is chaired by our Chief Executive and includes all Executive Committee members. The Committee operates at a strategic level and is accountable for the governance of our Diversity Strategy.
We know that the engagement of senior leadership to diversity is critical to our success. We have six Executive sponsors who are responsible for driving and championing our diversity actions and initiatives across each of our focus areas.
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD)
At the Blood Service our workforce reflects the diverse demographics of Australia’s population, with 25% of our employees born overseas. We recognise the positive benefits, such as increased productivity and innovation, of creating diverse and cohesive teams. We believe that engaging and retaining a workforce that is reflective of Australia’s diversity will enable us to better understand the needs of our increasingly diverse customer base.
Work Life Fit
We know that by enabling people to work flexibly reduces turnover, lowers stress, increases productivity and job satisfaction, helps us retain knowledge and skills, and encourages a culture that values diversity and adaptability.
We understand that flexibility can mean different things throughout the life stages and we are open to starting the conversation about flexible ways of working.
Mental Health and Disability
As an organisation we recognise that we have a role to play in breaking down the stigma associated with disability and mental health.
We are working with SANE Australia to deliver the Mindful Employer Program to all our people managers to assist them in supporting employees who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
We have also partnered with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator to assist us in the recruitment and retention of people with disability.
As an age-friendly employer we value the wealth of knowledge and experience that our older workers bring to the business.
The Blood Service participated in the Australian Government’s Corporate Champions program in 2014 and we have partnered with SageCo to guide and support our work in the generational space.
At the Blood Service, women make up 76% of our workforce and are represented at all levels of our organisation.
We are committed to identifying and removing barriers to employment for all people and ensuring sustainable gender equality outcomes.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI)
We share the firm belief that people perform better when they can be themselves at work.
Our employee network group, GLOW (Gay, Lesbian and Other Workmates), is open to all employees, gay or straight, and is a place where people can show support for inclusion at work.
We are a proud member of Pride in Diversity and our organisation has been publically recognised at Pride in Diversity’s annual Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) event. We are currently ranked #13 in the top 20 employers for LGBTI inclusion and were awarded the highest ranking not-for-profit organisation for two years in a row.
Below is our video for the ‘It gets better’ campaign for LGBTI youth:
Find out about current job opportunities at the Blood Service.