Jawun program enquiries

The National Archives of Australia is hoping to hear about other small agency’s experience regarding the Jawun program. They would like to know what the average costs agencies incur for a 6 week APS secondment, and also whether agencies pay staff the full 6 weeks of TA or if they choose another option. If people are able to email Norrae Johnston, at ProfessionalDevelopment@naa.gov.au that would be greatly appreciated.

Forming a Women in Leadership Network

The Culture team at DHA are forming a Women in Leadership network and are hoping to hear from agencies able to share their Terms of Reference or experience in setting up a similar network.

Please send all replies to culture@dha.gov.au

building D&I Network


I am new to the HR and D&I space and I was hoping to build up a network across smaller agencies in the APS.

I’m particularly interested in hearing what other agencies have got planned on their D&I calendars and if there’s a possible chance of interagency collaboration on some events.

Please feel free to reach out to me at Diversity@ACIC.gov.au


Adrian Abbate

Diversity and Inclusion Programs

AUSTRAC would like to hear from agencies able to share their D & I programs.

Please post onto the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines if you are able to share with all SAF members.

Otherwise please contact Naomi directly. Naomi.Curry@austrac.gov.au



Gender and Inclusion StrategY Initiatives

ACIAR are seeking ideas from other small agencies that have implemented some initiatives as part of gender and inclusion strategy and/or Gender and Inclusion Strategies that agencies are happy to share with us.


Lisa Zaretzky
Manager | Human Resources
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
P  02 6217 0556 | M  0435 121 773 | E  Email: lisa.zaretzky@aciar.gov.au

accreditations and memberships

The Department of the House of Representatives is reviewing the range of accreditations and memberships they hold.

We would like to hear from SAF members regarding what, if any, organisational accreditations and/or memberships they maintain. For example AHRI Corporate membership, Australian Network on Disability (AND) membership or Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

Please let Kate know via phone (02) 6277 4284 or email at Kathryn.leonard.reps@aph.gov.au

delivering diversity and inclusion outcomes

Fair Work Ombudsman would like to hear from agencies about what structures or supports you have in place to deliver diversity and inclusion outcomes. For example, do you have a diversity and inclusion team? Do you have staff networks or Executive champions that have an active role in driving diversity and inclusion initiatives? We’d also be really interested to hear from any agencies where this function sits outside of their human resources area. Please email jacqui.whittet@fwo.gov.au or give Jacqui a call on 02 6218 0545.

breastfeeding in the workplace

Department of Parliamentary Services are seeking information regarding breastfeeding in the workplace and paid lactation breaks from agencies with Australian Breastfeeding Association accreditation willing to share their policies or guidelines. Please respond to marijana.trewartha@aph.gov.au

indigenous australian cultural awareness modules other than ‘core’

I am hoping to reach out to the SAF, to ask whether there is an Indigenous Australian Cultural Awareness Course/Module that another organisation is willing to share with DVA? We have found the length of CORE, means DVA employees do not complete the course.

We are looking for more of a bite sized approach, an off the shelf option, that addresses the foundational elements of Cultural Integrity.

Thanks in advance.

Kind Regards

Courtney Swain

Assistant Director Workforce Strategy

People Services Branch, Chief Operating Officer Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Email: courtney.swain@dva.gov.au

Mentoring program for diversity cohorts

Civil Aviation Safety Authority are currently investigating options for a mentoring program for our diversity cohorts and are interested in what other agencies are currently doing in this space.

Please contact Justin Craig at justin.craig@casa.gov.au