The ALRC workplace diversity statement commits the ALRC to foster a diverse workforce and to ensure that its recruitment processes are fair and accessible, including a commitment to attract and recruit people from diverse backgrounds and, wherever possible, to participate in whole-of-APS recruitment. A breakdown of staff by gender and classification is provided in Table 5.
Agency Multicultural Plan
The ALRC recognises the diversity of the Australian community and is committed to ensuring that all Australians are able to participate in the law reform process. The ALRC Agency Multicultural Plan (AMP) provides strategies for ensuring ALRC processes are accessible and responsive to the needs of this diverse community. The ALRC commits to:
engage and consult with diverse groups, individuals and organisations;
promote diverse representation in the ALRC workforce and internship program;
promote understanding of issues relevant to diverse peoples amongst ALRC staff; and
consider the impact on diverse peoples in developing recommendations for reform.
As a law reform body, the ALRC has the opportunity to contribute to social justice, equity and inclusion in Australia through reform of laws appropriate to the diversity of the Australian community. Under its AMP, the ALRC commits to engaging and consulting with culturally and linguistically diverse organisations and communities and to consider the impact on them when formulating recommendations for law reform.
Information about how people can engage with the law reform process and make submissions is available on the ALRC website in 21 community languages, including Auslan. These documents have also been produced in Easy English, for people with low English literacy skills.
The ALRC AMP is available online at www.alrc.gov.au/about/policies/agency-multicultural-plan.
Reconciliation Action Plan
The ALRC sees reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians as comprising both processes and outcomes—requiring meaningful and ongoing dialogue between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the ALRC. Respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their participation in ALRC inquiries, and consideration of issues that are important to them, are essential features of the ALRC commitment to reconciliation.
The ALRC has a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. It commits the ALRC to:
engage and consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, individuals and organisations;
promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the ALRC workforce and internship program;
promote a meaningful understanding of issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples amongst ALRC staff;
consider the impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in developing recommendations for reform; and
strive in all aspects of our work to protect and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The ALRC Reconciliation Action Plan is available online at www.alrc.gov.au/reconciliation-action-plan.