The business case is unequivocal - ASIS does not perform at its full potential as a foreign intelligence service without a diverse and inclusive workforce.
In 2017 ASIS launched its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy outlines ASIS's commitment as an organisation to create the best possible working environment for current and future staff.
The strategy's five areas of focus are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,
- People with disability,
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background,
- Gender equality; and,
- LGBTI+ persons.
Diversity and inclusion are the responsibility of every staff member in ASIS. Diversity in the workplace acknowledges and values the differences that individuals bring to the organisation, from (but not limited to) gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, education, work and life experience, socio-economic background, family status or situation. It harnesses the different perspectives and experiences they bring increases diversity in thinking and decision-making.
Diversity Champions at the SES level promote and lead ASIS's efforts toward achieving meaningful and durable cultural change.