In accordance with the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the Public Sector Commissioner’s Circular 2015-01: Implementation of the Policy Framework for Substantive Equality the department is committed to ensuring substantive equality is reflected appropriately in divisional operations, strategies and policies.
The department recognises the diversity of the community and is committed to providing services to meet its customer needs. The department has placed emphasis on enhancing service delivery to Aboriginal and other culturally diverse client groups through the provision of specific information and education resources to ensure equal outcomes.
The department works through its Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Plan, and with other government departments, authorities, the community and industry, to achieve substantive equality.
The Government Building Training (GBT) Policy aims to increase the number of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry by committing contractors to a target training rate when awarding State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts.
All departmental building and construction, and maintenance contracts with an estimated value of $2million or more are managed by Building Management and Works in the Department of Finance, which oversees general building requirements as part of the tender process and reports on performance against GBT targets. The department does not let contracts of this magnitude either for construction or maintenance in its own right.