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Workplace Diversity

The Commission is an Executive Agency in the Health Minister’s portfolio.

Staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. The Australian Public Service (APS) is a career-based public service that provides workplaces that are free from discrimination, patronage and favouritism; and recognises the diversity of the Australian community and fosters diversity in the workplace.

The Commission, by virtue of its small size, does not have the capacity to develop a specific and comprehensive workplace diversity program. However, the Commission celebrates and encourages diversity in its team and workplace. We comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987, the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Our people management policies seek to eliminate employment-related disadvantages that can come with an individual's gender, race, ethnicity or disability; being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or being a member of a group that, from time to time, is identified as having an employment-related disadvantage.

For example, in all of our recruitment practices we actively promote and encourage applications from people with a living experience of mental health difficulties, a disability and/or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or come from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds. We encourage applicants to indicate this in their application. In particular, we seek to be an employer that is responsive to the needs of staff experiencing a mental health issue, recognising that the recovery journey is unique to each person and that having meaningful work, and a supportive workplace, is good for mental health and wellbeing. Wherever possible we will participate in whole of APS recruitment programs and we will progressively strengthen measures that foster our workplace diversity.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.