Fair Work Ombudsman recognised as diversity leader

3 July 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been declared the joint winner of Inclusive Workplace of the Year at the Australian Human Resources Institute’s Diversity Awards.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman, Michael Campbell, said it was an honour for the agency to receive the award and he encouraged all employers to consider the benefits of diversity.

“We believe that an inclusive workplace is integral to delivering excellent service, achieving workplace harmony and improving staff engagement and productivity,” said Mr Campbell.

“A diverse workplace also brings about better team work, cooperation and drives new ways of thinking and improved decision making, so there are numerous business benefits.”

Mr Campbell said employers could foster more inclusive and diverse workplaces by ensuring they provide fair and equitable treatment to all employees, regardless of their backgrounds.

The Australian Human Resources Institute’s Diversity Awards highlight organisations and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to diversity within their organisation and the HR profession.

The Inclusive Workplace of the Year category recognises organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to workplace inclusion.

It is judged on criteria including human rights, health and wellbeing, innovation, leadership, culture, impact and outcomes, sustainability and measurement of diversity practices.

The judging panel said the Fair Work Ombudsman exceeded all eight criteria:

“Of particular note was the breadth of the diversity strategy and policies delivered through a variety of practical applications, which were all supported by strong measurement practices showing positive impact and outcomes for the organisation.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website - www.fairwork.gov.au - contains a number of best practice guides to assist small to medium-sized businesses in implementing best practice initiatives on matters including work and family, individual flexibility and gender pay equity.

Employers and employees seeking information and advice can also call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

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Media inquiries:

Tom McPherson, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0439 835 855

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