Navy recognised for building inclusive workplace

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CAPT Charlie Stephenson, Director General Navy Communication and Coordination, members of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and graduates and staff from the Navy Indigenous Development Program accept the finalist award on behalf of Navy. (photo: )
CAPT Charlie Stephenson, Director General Navy Communication and Coordination, members of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and graduates and staff from the Navy Indigenous Development Program accept the finalist award on behalf of Navy.
Navy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognised at the Australian Human Resources Institute Awards in Melbourne.
 
Navy’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, which provides strategic guidance for Navy’s diversity efforts, was a finalist of the awards as an inclusive workplace.
 
Navy’s award, presented in Melbourne last year, recognises the contribution of the Navy Diversity and Inclusion Council as a powerful strategic decision-making body.
 
Australian Human Resources Institute chairman Peter Wilson said the awards help celebrate business leadership and excellence in human resource practice.
 
“It is a privilege to host this annual opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who are contributing to the business successes of their organisations, and to the impact that organisations are making in boosting the productivity of the nation through excellent management of their people,” he said.
 
For the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Council was a high-profile embodiment of Navy’s commitment to building a modern workplace and valuing the contribution of every serving member.
 
Navy’s training and development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women was also recognised at the national awards.
 
The Navy Indigenous Development Program was a finalist in the Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award category. Over the past four years, more than 100 young men and women have transitioned from civilian life to Navy careers via the program. 
 
These young men and women are highly trained, and now work in logistics, weaponry, electronics, medicine, aviation, catering and fleet support roles in Navy.
 
The Navy Indigenous Development Program has provided a sustainable employment entry pathway for young people who have now become role models for their communities.
 
The Navy Diversity and Inclusion Council was established in 2016 to drive diversity outcomes and build stronger frameworks for inclusion. It includes external representation and is supported by a unique governance framework including Diversity Reference Groups and the Inclusion Advocate Network to ensure viewpoints from all ships and establishments can be represented.
 
Australian Human Resources Institute operate Australia’s most prestigious human resources awards program, recognising the value of a range of measures to develop Australian workplaces. The awards are independently judged by an advisory panel of global leaders from human resources and business, and this year featured awards to organisations including Telstra, Chevron and NSW Police.