Diversity & Inclusion

Background

Our mission is to create a culture and environment that encourages and fosters people of all backgrounds, and with differing experiences, to thrive – both on and offline. This isn’t a linear journey. We don’t work hard at being diverse and inclusive and and arrive at perfection. All our polices are living documents – the only thing they have in common is progress.

At the end of 2019, we began working with Hueman Equity Consulting, an organisation with expertise in inclusion, diversity, intersectionality, equity, and reconciliation. They provided us with a list of 38 recommendations that we’ve begun to implement and are tracking their development. Further, we’ve been documenting our processes on our blog, and are open to feedback, collaboration, and sharing of our policies and procedures. 

Definitions

These definitions have been taken from Buffer‘s diversity and inclusion guide.

Diversity
Differences between people on an individual level (e.g. ability, learning styles, and life experiences) or group/social level (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations). In the workplace, diversity involves a shared “understanding, acceptance, and value that is placed on the differences between coworkers.

Inclusion
A dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a fair, healthy, and high-performing organisation or community. An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued, for who they are and for their contributions toward organisational and societal goals.

Our Values

Diversity & Inclusion at Code for Australia
Our work is based on the belief that the problems we face cannot be solved unless a greater number and diversity of people become involved in civic life and have input into critical community issues. The current situation – where few participate and public institutions don’t reflect the interests or demographics of the people they serve – is a dead end. Reinventing government for the 21st Century can only happen if new ideas and priorities can gain a purchase in the public sector, and that won’t happen without broadening the spectrum of people who have a hand in shaping public life.
Diversity & Inclusion in our partnerships
One of the key reasons that governments are failing to adequately meet the needs of their residents is that they don’t represent the diversity of the communities they serve. Without a mix of perspectives inside government, and input that includes the range of views found in the community, crucial ideas for improving government will be lost or ignored and decisions will continue to serve those at the decision-making table at the expense of groups that have traditionally been excluded: principally people of colour, the poor, women, young people, the disabled, immigrants, and LGBT individuals. Both during our engagements with governments and other public institutions, and through the applications that we develop to help solve civic problems, we seek to bring diverse voices into the public discussion of community goals and reforms.
Diversity & Inclusion in the tech sector
Currently the technology sector is almost completely devoid of women, people of colour and other traditionally excluded groups. As technology influences an increasing amount of our lives, and provides an increasing percentage of living-wage jobs, it is imperative that we open up opportunities for members of underrepresented groups in the technology workforce and among its leadership. Code for Australia actively recruits and supports women, people of colour and members of other minority groups in our fellowship, giving them a platform to become tech and civic leaders.
Diversity & Inclusion in our organisation
A diverse staff and leadership are essential to fulfilling our goal of making Code for Australia look like and represent Australia. We strive to include a full range of voices as we explore solutions to civic problems with our partner communities and institutions, and critical to that endeavour is having diverse perspectives represented on our team. Consistent with this goal, Code for Australia does not discriminate against any person on any basis including, but not limited to, gender and gender expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability or veterans status. We encourage the participation of women and members of other underrepresented groups in our work.

Policies & Resources

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Cultural Competency

We encourage you to explore our Cultural Competency Trello Board which includes a variety of useful resources we employ in our continual work to create the kind of workplace and community where everyone can thrive.

Gender Equity

As an organisation, Code for Australia is committed to promoting gender equity and have a dedicated policy to reflect this which details family violence protocols, further resources, and our detailed list of commitments. 
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Hiring Policy

The tech community is not reflective of the diverse population of Australia. We seek and encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply for positions with us and advertise all positions across a range of diverse recruitment channels, and work to remove any barriers that may prevent individuals from applying.
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Discrimination & Harassment

We’re committed to providing a safe, flexible and respectful environment for our staff and government partners free from all forms of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. We have detailed procedures for all staff and community members should they encounter discrimination or harassment in any facet of their work. 

Transgender & Non Binary Policy

We commit to making our workplace a safe place for transgender and non-binary people to work and to live as their authentic selves, without judgement, without discrimination and without limits. We understand that employment and workplace safety and security are major challenges and we believe in supporting them as co-workers, employees and people.

Code of Conduct

For any event, program or activity created or facilitated by Code for Australia, we are dedicated to providing a welcoming and positive experience for all, regardless of background, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or accessibility needs. For a detailed outline of our Code of Conduct including language guidelines, head here.

Feedback? Questions? Ideas? Get in touch.

We’re incredibly keen to hear feedback, to collaborate and to share our policies with others. If you’d like to get in touch please email us at info@codeforaustralia.org.

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