Our commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion

The ABCC is committed to creating a working environment that values and utilises the contribution of staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

We recognise that all people have different qualities, skills, qualifications, experience and attitudes to work. We value these differences, and we acknowledge their potential to improve the workplace for individuals and to enhance the overall performance of the agency.

We aim to foster a productive and supportive workforce that provides equal opportunities for all employees.

Workplace diversity creates a more inclusive and supportive working environment, enhanced team work and more effective service delivery. It increases productivity, encourages greater creativity and innovation, and provides different ways of thinking for improved decision making.

How do we provide workplace diversity?

To provide workplace diversity at the ABCC, we:

  • Comply with anti-discrimination legislation to help prevent and eliminate any employment-related disadvantage attributable to race, colour, gender (including transgender and intersex), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction, or social origin.
  • Promote workplace diversity and inclusion, and be proactive in eliminating all forms of harassment and bullying in the workplace.
  • Consult regularly with employees in developing and maintaining workplace practices that provide flexibility for employees to balance their work and personal commitments.
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion strategies and actions are based on a consultative process that engages multiple stakeholder groups and involves the participation of a diverse range of people.
  • Ensure that all relevant agency processes and policies are reviewed for unconscious bias.
  • Maintain accurate records of the composition of the agency’s workforce at all levels in respect to relevant aspects of diversity.

We are also taking steps to enhance the opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when carrying out our business. We improve awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures by promoting staff education and activities.

Legislative framework

We are bound by an extensive legislative framework that supports workplace diversity, including:

  • Public Service Act 1999
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  • Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Age Discrimination Act 2004
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Fair Work Act 2009.

As an Australian government agency, the ABCC must uphold the APS Values, Code of Conduct and APS Employment Principles as defined within Public Service Act 1999.

Statement of commitment to disability employment

Stephen McBurney, Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, signed our statement of commitment to disability employment on 23 May 2019.  This statement affirms our commitment to creating a working environment that utilises the contribution of staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We take responsibility for improving representation of people with disability in our workforce, and recognise our obligation to engage with, and contribute to, initiatives that support the employment of people with disability in the Australia Public Service.

View the signed statement of commitment to disability employment (PDF | 565KB).

Reasonable adjustments

We have a Reasonable Adjustment Policy that covers all aspects of employment. Reasonable adjustment refers to workplace adjustments made to allow an employee with disability to:

  • participate to their maximum potential in recruitment processes, as well as promotion and training opportunities
  • perform their duties safely in the workplace
  • have equal terms and conditions of employment.

We provide reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.

If you need assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the application or interview process, please email us at recruitment@abcc.gov.au.

The ABCC acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and the continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future