What is inclusion?
Inclusion represents a shared approach to skills planning and outcomes with a focus on individuals and enterprises at risk of missing out on skills opportunities, to reduce inequality, spread economic opportunity and aspire for the best for all Victorians.
The role of inclusion at the Victorian Skills Authority
The Inclusion Approach is a guide to shape the work of the Victorian Skills Authority (VSA). It defines what inclusion and an inclusive skills sector means to us and why it is a fundamental consideration across all aspects of our work. It identifies our areas of influence, immediate and longer-term priorities and commitment to continuous improvement.
Alignment to the Victorian public sector values and embedding the principles of inclusion in the way the VSA works – planning and acting for future skills for all – will be the basis of success.
Inclusion applies to all areas of the VSA’s business including policy, service delivery, program and grants funding, skills planning and staff recruitment and support.
Importance of inclusion
Equality and equal opportunity of access and participation are key to Victoria and Australia’s social cohesion and economic growth, with benefits across society.
- The individual realises their potential and enjoys improved outcomes.
- Communities and societies offer a diverse range of learning pathways that bring economic value and social cohesion to Victoria, and those who don’t face barriers develop a better understanding of diverse groups.
- Businesses have an expanded talent pool – diverse and inclusive workplaces are twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets and 8 times more likely to achieve better business outcomes.
- The economy, through greater income equality, enjoys more stable, resilient and higher economic growth in the medium and long-term.