Inclusion and diversity

The National Archives aims for a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. We create positive workplace experiences for everyone by embracing the individual skills, perspectives and experiences our people bring to the workplace. In turn, we harness these features for high performance and improved service delivery.

We want our people to feel included, valued and respected, and to have equal access to opportunities, to support their full participation at work. We aim to retain and grow the diverse talent in our workforce and support our people to maintain a long and productive working career. We value an engaged, motivated and productive workforce.

Our Diversity Plan 2022-25 outlines a range of initiatives aimed at fostering equity among under-represented groups, such as Indigenous peoples and people with a disability. Our initiatives also support an ageing workforce.

We are committed to supporting the employment of people with disability and apply the RecruitAbility Scheme to all our vacancies (including APS and SES levels).

The National Archives is a signatory to the Tandanya Declaration and we have a Reconciliation Action Plan in place. We support Identified and Affirmative Measures actions, and have a small number of these positions in our agency. Contact us for more information.

Breastfeeding friendly workplace

The National Archives is an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation (BFW) is awarded by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to organisations that provide three simple criteria to support their breastfeeding employees in the workforce so they can meet both their work and family commitments:

  • Space: a dedicated or shared space so that employees can comfortably breastfeed and/or express breastmilk in private.

  • Time: a breastfeeding policy/statement, which provides lactation breaks so women may breastfeed or express breastmilk during working hours.

  • Support: a comprehensive communication plan to ensure that information regarding breastfeeding support reaches all stakeholders and normalises breastfeeding in your work environment.