Victoria has a new emergency management and diversity framework designed to support a sector approach to better reflecting and connecting with the diverse community it serves.
The Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework: Respect and Inclusion for All outlines a new direction for the sector to implement cultural and organisational change required to achieve this.
Research repeatedly shows that diverse and inclusive organisations and industries are higher-performers, more innovative, and adapt better to change.
Victoria’s communities are diverse, with more than 20% of the population speaking a language other than English at home.
People’s lives depend on the emergency management sector being able to communicate clearly, quickly and effectively with all of Victoria’s diverse communities.
The more diverse we are as a sector, the more capable we are of achieving this.
Improving diversity and inclusion across the emergency management sector is critical to our success. We need to open up to new ideas so we can meet the challenges of the future, make better decisions, and be the best that we can be.
Our organisations need to better reflect our community and be safe and welcoming places where everyone can realise their full potential. We need to reach out to diverse groups within the community and listen to and understand how they can contribute to their safety and resilience.
Developed through Emergency Management Victoria, this Framework will guide the Victorian emergency management sector's actions for creating a diverse and inclusive sector and better connecting to all of Victoria’s diverse communities.
Individual organisations have already recognised the benefit in this and the Framework will play an integral role in guiding the sector as a whole towards that goal.
Together, the sector will identify the policy and practices that need to change to promote diversity and inclusion and introduce new measures to encourage a collaborative, respectful and open way of working.
What do we mean by diversity and inclusion?
Diversity is all the ways we differ. Whether this is in relation to age, caring responsibilities, cultural background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, indigenous background, profession, education, work experiences or professional identity.
Inclusion is about creating an environment of involvement, respect and connection.
Everyone has a role to play to create a more respectful and inclusive environment. Change can be as simple as being open to new ideas, asking questions, listening to the answers and learning.
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