Greens introduce bill for employment quotas in the Public Service
Fri 28 February 2014
Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, introduced a private members' bill to require the public service to double its employment of people with disability and people from non-English speaking backgrounds over the next five years.
This fulfilled the Greens' election commitment that 'workplaces should reflect the diversity of Australian society and that everyone should have equal access to meaningful paid employment'.
Bandt suggested that the APS is currently lagging in their commitment to a public service that 'recognises the diversity of the Australian community and fosters diversity in the workplace'. The number of people with disability employed by the APS dropped to 2.9% of the entire workforce in 2012, despite the fact that almost 20% of the Australian population has disability.