Recruiting for Diversity

About the project


The Recruiting for Diversity project set out to identify what hinders and supports human resource (HR) departments to adopt fair, accessible and equitable recruitment practices within their organisations.  Through these conversations HealthWest have learnt that whilst there is broad support for workplace diversity, particularly from organisational leaders, there are a variety of practical strategies that organisations can take to improve employment access for people from a range of life circumstances, backgrounds and identities.  

The HealthWest ‘Recruiting for Diversity’ report shares what we heard around challenges and opportunities from 6 local organisations working towards greater employment inclusivity.  

Recruiting for Diversity report

Key Messages 

  •  Economic inclusion, through employment is a significant contributor to health and wellbeing  
  • There is broad support across organisations and amongst organisational leaders for their workforce to better reflect the community they serve  
  • Leaders have the power to create authorising environments and allocate necessary human and financial resources to improve employment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds  
  • Many organisations and HR departments, in particular, are already taking innovative steps in this space 
  • Directing resources into HR departments to support recruitment for diversity is a worthwhile investment, as HR teams play a key role in leading this work  
  • Inclusive workplace cultures should be underpinned by associated resourcing, policies and procedures leading to a whole-of-organisation approach


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Gail O’Donnell, Executive Officer


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