VPS African-Australian Network

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) African-Australian Network is a staff led collective run by and for people of African descent - across the VPS.

Mission statement

To support and advocate for the personal and professional development of people of African descent in the Victorian Public Service.

About the VPS African-Australian Network

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) African-Australian Network (AAN) is a staff-led initiative. It is committed to:

  • supporting  employees of African descent
  • advocating for and contributing to the development of inclusive and equitable policies and practices that improve workforce participation and outcomes for  employees of African descent

The establishment of the network aligns with the Victorian State Government’s commitment and long-term vision for an inclusive and equitable society, including the development of workplaces that value diversity and inclusion.

The Network Council

The network is led by an elected council, supported by the Victorian Public Service Commission (VPSC), executive leadership of state government departments and agencies, human resource departments and Champions.

The council is the core decision-making body for the network. It manages the business of the network on behalf of members. The council consists of 9 elected members, including:

  • The Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications and marketing Officer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Education Officer
  • Membership Officer

Network champion

The council is supported by a Champion – a senior member of the Victorian State Government.

How can I get involved?

Membership is free and open to all Victorian Public Service employees who are of African heritage/decent.

Employees across the VPS who are not of African heritage/decent but identify with, and want to contribute to the objectives of the network, can become an associate member.

Cultural Diversity Inclusion Strategies

  • Read how Victoria's Department of Premier and Cabinet is building and supporting cultural diversity in our department.

    DPC's Cultural Diversity Inclusion Strategy 2015–2018

  • This plan is a framework to embed cultural diversity in all the department's services, programs and policies. It builds on our wide-ranging efforts to improve services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. These communities include those with a long-established presence in Victoria, as well as recently arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

    Delivering for diversity - Cultural diversity plan 2016-2019

  • The department's Cultural Diversity Plan 2012–16 aims to ensure that the department's key services are accessible to individuals and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The plan builds on work undertaken through the previous cultural diversity plans.

    Cultural Diversity Plan 2012–16

Reviewed 06 December 2019

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