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FOR – Public Service Amendment Bill 2023 - Consideration in Detail - Workplace diversity program

The majority voted against amendments introduced by Fowler MP Dai Le (Independent), which means they were unsuccessful.

What do the amendments do?

The amendments would have required workplace diversity programs to be established to promote diversity.

Amendment text

(1) Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 16), after item 2, insert:

2A Paragraph 10A(1)(g)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

(g) recognises and promotes the diversity of the Australian community and fosters a diverse perspective in the workplace.

(2) Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 8), after item 5, insert:

5A Section 18

Repeal the section, substitute:

18 Promotion of employment equity

An Agency Head must:

(a) establish a workplace diversity program:

(i) to allow for the proactive development of individuals of diverse backgrounds; and

(ii) to assist in giving effect to the APS Employment Principles; and

(b) promote diverse and inclusive recruitment within the Agency to give effect to the APS Employment Principles.


Date and time: 4:51 PM on 2023-08-01
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 14
Total number of "no" votes: 52
Total number of abstentions: 85
Related bill: Public Service Amendment Bill 2023

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