We recognise the value of equity and diversity in the workplace and the significant advantages that our diverse workforce contributes to the achievement of our mission.

We are all expected to contribute to our respectful workplace culture and ensure that it remains free from harassment, bias and unlawful discrimination of any kind. To this end, we have Contact Officers who act as additional sources of advice and support to our employees.

Equal employment opportunity

Employment at ACER is based upon merit. We believe that the right person for the job is the person that best fits the inherent requirements of the role. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and are committed to providing a safe and supportive work environment for all our employees.

Indigenous engagement

We are committed to making a practical difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians – both in education and work.

We aim to facilitate capacity building, in particular the development of broad educational research skills amongst Indigenous Australians, to promulgate research by Indigenous Australians and to support employment opportunities and the career development of Indigenous Australians.

We have formed an Advisory Committee on Indigenous Education, adopted an Indigenous Employment Strategy and developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) .

Equal opportunity for women

We promote leadership and development for all employees, including avenues to specifically support and advance women in our workforce.  Initiatives to advance women are guided by our Equal Opportunity for Women Advisory Committee (EOWAC).

Sexual orientation

We support our colleagues and promote their rights. As an equal opportunity employer we welcome the contribution made by employees of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Disability and employment

People with a disability often encounter attitudinal and environmental barriers to employment. We recognise that in removing these barriers, we benefit from employees with the skills and aptitude to do their job effectively, combined with new ideas, a unique vision and a fresh way of thinking.

We do not consider an illness, injury or disability to be a barrier in the consideration for employment.  As an equal opportunity employer, we will support any reasonable adjustment that would allow an individual to perform the inherent requirements of their role.

Mature workers

With a growing mature workforce and increasingly competitive jobs market, we recognise the importance of engaging with, and retaining, the invaluable knowledge and experience of our mature employees. During this significant phase in their career, we support: flexible work arrangements; carer’s leave; and planning for the transition to retirement.

English as a second language (ESL)

We have a multicultural workforce with many employees coming from non English speaking backgrounds.  With diverse teams in Australia and around the world, we benefit from a wealth of linguistic diversity.