The Department is committed to building diverse and inclusive workplaces and developing workplace cultures that are safe and accessible, build respect, foster inclusiveness, promote diversity and embrace the unique skills and qualities of all our employees.
All applicants and employees, including those with disability, must be treated respectfully and equitably in all stages of the employment process including:
- recruitment and selection
- professional development & training
- performance management
- promotion or transfer
The Department understands that there are a range of factors that impact on people’s employment, and for some people a disability workplace adjustment may be required to assist them at work. Reasonable adjustments are provided in Department workplaces where required.
All employees, managers and school leaders should be aware of their rights and responsibilities to ensure that these are upheld. You can learn more about this, the relevant legislation and Department policy under Policy and Guidelines below.
The Disability Action Plan
The Department commits to supporting people with a disability to live satisfying everyday lives through its Disability Action Plan 2018–2021. This Plan describes what the Department will do over the life of the plan to support the Victorian Government’s vision for an inclusive Victoria, and to ensure that students and employees are supported to reach their potential.
The Department's Disability Employment Plan 2019-2022 sets out the Department's commitment to boosting employment opportunities and career experiences for people with disability. It includes a range of actions that will set stronger foundations through policy, procedures and processes that will remove barriers and ensure increased inclusion across our workplaces.
- Disability Employment Plan (PDF) (WORD)
Inclusive workplaces guide
The Inclusive Workplace Guide supports and aids the implementation of the Department's Equal Opportunity and Anti-discrimination Policy, bringing together available resources to assist principals/managers and employees to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
This guide has been developed to assist everyone at Department workplaces to support employees with diverse and intersecting identities. It gives practical tips to implement best practice in diversity and inclusion across teams, and to support staff to bring their whole selves to work. Each area of the guide goes into depth about what discrimination looks like and actions to foster inclusion. It has a specific section dedicated to building inclusive workplaces for staff with disability. There are also links to further resources and department policies.
Policy and Guidelines
- Workplace Adjustment Guidelines (PDF) (WORD) - Last Updated 3 December 2020
- Inclusive Workplaces Guide (PDF) (WORD)