Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

City of Newcastle understands the value of inclusion, diversity, and equity in the workplace and expects its employees to treat each other and members of the community with dignity and respect. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture where everyone feels respected, valued and safe to contribute their opinions and talents to the success of the organisation so that we can drive positive community outcomes.

We value diverse working styles, experiences, and perspectives. People from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, people with diverse gender identities and sexualities, people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability, and veterans) are strongly encouraged to apply!

If you need any adjustments to be made to the recruitment process or if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact for a confidential discussion.

We understand that people need to find the right balance between their personal and professional life. Talk to us about flexible working arrangements, incl. hybrid working models, to suit your individual needs.

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Strategy 2022-2026

We are currently developing our first Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) Strategy 2022-2026. The IDE Strategy will outline the steps we are going to take over the next four years to embed inclusion into our workplace culture. We want Council to be a great place to work for everyone and an employer of choice, as well as being representative of the rich and diverse needs of the Newcastle community.

Our Strategic Pillars under the IDE Strategy 2022-2026 are:

  • Inclusive and welcoming workplace culture
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Diverse and representative workforce

Our Focus Areas under the IDE Strategy 2022-2026 are:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement
  2. Accessibility
  3. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  4. Gender Equity
  5. LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

Action Plans

We have recently launched our new Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026, which will help to guide and coordinate our efforts towards creating a more inclusive and equitable community, in line with our Newcastle 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

We have also just developed a new Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2022-2025, which reiterates our commitment to be a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace through our continued engagement and collaboration with the local Indigenous community.

As part of our IDE Strategy 2022-2026, we will also develop action plans for our other Focus Areas over the next five years.

Policies and Legislation

Council is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) principles in the workplace, as outlined in the Local Government Act 1993 (section 344).

Council acts in accordance with the following legislative requirements:

To find out more about Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at City of Newcastle, contact our Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Stefanie Abrahams on or 49742890.