The diversity of ARC employees is one of our greatest strengths. Not only does diversity in the workplace enhance our ability to provide excellent services to our stakeholders and the Australian community, but it also ensures employees are working in a safe and harmonious atmosphere. 

The ARC strives to provide a workplace that is rewarding for all employees. We value the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives who help us demonstrate our commitment to the Australian Public Service Values, as well as the ARC’s Values of Genuine, Empowering, Fair, Kind, and Trusting

By respecting and actively including all aspects of diversity into our usual business, the ARC enables individual employees to achieve successful results in a supportive environment. Our supportive culture allows our employees to bring their entire self to work. Here at the ARC, we strongly encourage a balance between work and personal responsibilities for all our employees.

The ARC is also committed to fostering diversity in the research sector workforce. Please view the ARC Policy page for more information about our work in this area. 

Diversity & Inclusion Framework 

Our Diversity & Inclusion Framework sets out our commitment to be a leader of cultural change in the workplace and a role model for others. Our aim is to promote the ARC Diversity and Inclusion Principles within our sphere of influence, encouraging diversity and inclusion in our entire network including the research workforce. In this way, the impact and benefits may be realised for individuals and the community beyond the ARC.

The ARC Diversity & Inclusion Framework is currently under review.

Diversity Working Group

The ARC brings together a diverse group of employees with the common goal of improving the work culture of the ARC.  Since its establishment in 2015, the Diversity Working Group (DWG) has successfully promoted diversity and inclusion in our organisation. 

DWG has been instrumental in establishing our Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2021, ARC Multicultural and Equity Plan 2018-2019 and many great events such as the ARC Great Book Swap in support of Indigenous Literacy Day, Wear it Purple Day celebrating and supporting LGTBIQ+ employees and Harmony Day supporting cultural diversity. 

Membership to DWG is open to all interested employees with nominations called each year. 

AFL SportsReady Indigenous Trainees

The ARC is very proud of its partnership with AFL SportsReady’s Indigenous Trainee program. The program supports young people to develop their career through a traineeship studying a Certificate IV in Business (or other relevant area), whilst developing valuable on-the-job experience in a government agency. 

Graduates of the 12-month program have gone on to secure ongoing and non-ongoing positions within the ARC and the APS, as well as gaining entry into programs to further their career (such as the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)). 

Our trainee vacancies are advertised through the AFL SportsReady Jobs Board.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The ARC’s Reconciliation Plan (RAP) 2019-2021 forms an integral part of our commitment to reconciliation and to supporting and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our key activities. 

This is the ARC’s third RAP and first Innovate RAP, which we are very proud of. 

The RAP details our commitment and actions we will be undertaking over the next two years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, researchers, research, and reconciliation priorities. 

Diversity inspired events at the ARC

  • Harmony Day food event
  • Australia Day BBQ and presentation ceremony
  • National Reconciliation Week 
  • NAIDOC Week and Touch Footy team
  • ARC Great Book Swap in support of Indigenous Literacy Day
  • Wear it Purple day celebrating our LGTBIQ+ community