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
- Deputy Secretary
- Communications and marketing Officer
- Events Coordinator
- Education Officer
- Membership Officer
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
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.
Reviewed 06 December 2019