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Cultural diversity

Working in the NSW public sector, we’re fortunate enough to be contributing to a state that’s rich in cultural diversity, with people from around 115 countries calling NSW home. More broadly, 1 in 4 Australians across our states were born overseas. We want our workforce to be just as culturally diverse as the communities we serve every day.

As a culturally diverse workforce, we’re able to bring together our unique cultural perspectives to deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW through a deeper understanding of our communities.

How we’re doing

In 2018, an estimated 12.4% of the NSW public sector workforce identified as being from a racial, ethnic, or ethno-religious minority group, and 18.1% identified as speaking a first language other than English1.

Members of racial, ethnic, or ethno-religious minority groups have a higher representation in all public sector salary bands, apart from the lowest two. Notably, they have also reached equal representation in the senior executive salary band.

Employees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds reported a more positive perception of their workplace in the 2018 People Matter Employee Survey than the wider public sector workforce. Employees who spoke a language other than English at home reported an engagement score of 69% in 2018, compared with a score of 65% for the rest of the public sector3.

1 2018 Workforce Profile Report
2ABS Census of Population and Housing 2011
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