For APRA, diversity refers to the combination of visible and invisible differences that make us who we are. This includes, but is not limited to, our gender, ethnicity and race, age, sexual orientation, and visible and unseen disabilities.
Inclusion is the key influence behind APRA’s Inclusion and Diversity statement. We aspire to instil inclusion in all our employees and the people we work with.
We believe the focus on both inclusion and diversity will deliver positive benefits for individual employees, teams and our organisation more broadly.
We aspire to diversity of thought – and a workplace where our different perspectives and approaches are our point of difference, rather than our visible characteristics.
APRA holds various events to increasing our awareness and understanding across various Inclusion and Diversity streams including:
We embrace differences and work together, to achieve great outcomes for APRA and the Australian community.
The Inclusion and Diversity Strategy for 2017 and beyond sets out the strategic areas of focus and key commitments for 2016/17.
Our areas of focus are:
Sharpen APRA's I&D focus - we will define and prioritise Inclusion and Diversity at APRA, and enhance transparency and accountability.
Attract, grow and engage diverse talent - we will disrupt the status quo, and actively attract, grow and engage diverse talent.
Inclusive leadership - we will develop and advance committed and capable leaders who are inclusive of diverse talent.
Living the APRA Values - we will focus on ensuring individual behaviours are aligned to our organisational values.
Underpinning APRA’s ability to develop and create an inclusive working environment is our workplace flexibility. As a result, a flexible work initiative has been launched based on the principle of ‘flexibility for all – if not, why not’.
We recognise that work is just one element of our employee's lives, so to support this balance APRA offers a range of options to help make juggling work, home, family and other personal commitments easier for our staff at various stages of life. Some of these options include:
- Flexible working arrangements
- Option to purchase additional leave
- Flexible use of long service leave
- Family leave/sabbaticals
- Mature age workers initiatives including unlimited ability to salary sacrifice superannuation when transitioning to retirement, health checks for all staff aged over 50 and pre-retirement leave
- 14 weeks paid parental leave
- 2 week paid partner’s leave
- Parents Room (Sydney and Melbourne office)
- Keep in Touch Program for all staff on extended leave
- Access to dependent care services through Families At Work