Topic: Diversity and Inclusivity
The Royal Australian Navy has a long connection with Australia's proud Indigenous heritage through Navy’s people and operations. Indigenous sailors have served in the Royal Australian Navy since its formation and in the Navies of pre-federation Australia.
The Navy Indigenous Development Program is designed to assist Indigenous Australians in reaching the required standard to permanently enlist into the Australian Defence Force through completion of nationally recognised training.
Navy has appointed Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard as fulltime Navy Indigenous Advisor, part of its commitment to the Government’s Defence Reconciliation Action Plan.
HMAS Albatross usually marks National Reconciliation Week by hosting and participating in a range of community events throughout the Shoalhaven, but distancing requirements meant personnel had to consider how to embrace the 2020 theme ‘In This Together’ while physically being apart.
A Navy contingent joined Army and Air Force members and Defence civilians in the 42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.
Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy have again marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, promoting diversity and LGBTI acceptance in the workforce.
HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a “sleepy hollow across the Harbour” by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.
Royal Australian Navy Captain Christine Clarke is leading the Australian Defence Force contingent at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade tonight and says there is no such thing as an average sailor in today’s Navy.
On 7 March, Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade included the largest Defence contingent ever seen.
The Defence contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, led by Captain Christine Clarke, RAN, Director of Navy People Policy, has taken to the streets of Sydney to participate in the iconic festival.