Cultural diversity

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 2016, 13.4% of our NSW public sector workforce identified as being from a racial, ethnic, or ethno-religious minority group, and 18.0% speaking a first language other than English1. This closely aligns to that of the employed population of NSW which is estimated at 16.3% based on NSW employed person’s country of birth 2.

There is more work to be done to ensure employees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are represented in senior leadership roles. Only 7.2% of senior leaders spoke a first language other than English 3. The PSC will examine the issues affecting the participation of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to improve representation in senior leadership roles.

1 Workforce Profile Report 2016
2ABS Census of Population and Housing 2011
3 Workforce Profile Report 2016