Our people: diversity and inclusion

Together we are building an inclusive culture that encourages and supports equal opportunity and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees and the communities we operate in.

DHA’s core purpose is to provide housing and housing related services to Defence members. DHA is committed to growing a capable, diverse and inclusive workforce and will continue to integrate the principles of equal opportunity in our planning, policies and practices. Our employees will not be denied opportunity or treated differently because of their individual diversity.

The range of work we engage in and our diverse customer base requires a workforce that reflects our community. Everyone is encouraged to bring their unique experiences, approaches and ideas reflecting our diverse and inclusive community to the workplace to create a culture that both values and benefits from equality and fairness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Disability
Gender
LGBTIQ

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

DHA’s vison for reconciliation is a workplace where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and non-Indigenous Australians share in equal and equitable employment opportunities and a workforce that values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as a proud part of the shared organisational culture.

Initiatives to help DHA grow as an organisation and continue our reconciliation journey include:

  • DHA Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Promoting a workplace free of racism through anti-discrimination strategies
  • Increasing cultural learning across DHA
  • Improving Indigenous recruitment strategies
  • Participating in the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program to provide pathways for Indigenous employment

Disability

DHA is committed to supporting people who identify as living with disability gain employment and develop their careers. As an organisation we recognise that employees with disability have talents, skills and qualifications that can strengthen our workforce.

Our focus areas include:

  • Making our recruitment processes accessible and flexible
  • Helping applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process to provide equal opportunities for success
  • Workplace flexibility and accessibility
  • Workplace adjustments and accessibility to resources

We have taken steps to ensure that our job vacancy and application process is accessible to all applicants. If you require an alternative format for any part of the process, any adjustments or have any questions throughout the recruitment process, please contact us hr@dha.gov.au

Gender equality

DHA recognises gender equality is key to driving high performance and boosting productivity across all levels of the organisation.

Where possible, we offer flexible working arrangements for all regardless of gender. We practise inclusive leadership and support events such as International Women's Day

LGBTQI

We proudly welcome and support people of all sexual orientations, gender identity or intersex status, creating an environment where people can feel free to be their authentic selves at work.

DHA is proud to participate in events such as Wear It Purple Day and supports the visibility and representation of the LGBTQI+ people within the agency and the broader community.

We have committed to invest in initiatives such as:

  • Running LGBTQI+ ally training
  • Establishing an affinity network