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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Danna Vale, MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence


11 Apr 2002 MIN 140/02

DEFENCE WINS COVETED DIVERSITY PRIZE The Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence Danna Vale today congratulated the Department of Defence on winning the 2001 Australian Public Sector Diversity Award.

Minister Vale said the award, for Defence’s Equity and Diversity Program - From Policy to Practice, recognised Defence’s commitment to diversity, and efforts to harness the advantages that diversity brings.

"Defence recognises that all personnel deserve to work in a fair and inclusive environment, free from harassment," Minister Vale said.

"This award highlights the successful programs Defence is implementing, not only to eliminate discrimination, but also to gain the real benefits that a diverse workforce can bring in terms of performance.

"Defence has introduced an extensive training program promoting the importance and value of diversity, which includes a network of 2500 Equity Advisers throughout the country and a Defence Equity Advice Line for personnel to call for information and assistance on diversity and equity issues.

"Defence’s commitment ensures that all personnel are not only aware of diversity requirements, but also encourage and celebrate diversity."

Criteria for the award included innovation, the extent to which initiatives have the potential to contribute to the Department and Service-wide diversity objectives; lasting impact; and transferability to other agencies.

"I congratulate not only the staff of the Defence Equity Organisation, who are the frontline for implementing these initiatives, but all personnel across Defence who are furthering the values of equity and diversity," the Minister said.

Minister Vale said Defence’s achievement was particularly important as the Department was judged against the greatest number of applications ever received for the Open Award.

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The Awards were presented yesterday by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Tony Abbott at a ceremony in Old Parliament House.



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