Diversity Policy

We aim to recruit and retain team members from many parts of our community.

This policy recognises the individuality our people bring to their role and how recognising and valuing this difference through the promotion of diversity in our business and processes assists in delivering engaged team members who feel part of a team.

We're committed to valuing this diversity to strengthen our business both culturally and economically.

Diversity can take many forms, including differences in, and not limited, to:

  • Gender
  • Cultural
  • Disability
  • Generational
  • Sexual orientation
  • Work life/flexibility
  • Multi-faith

This policy provides detail on our commitment to a diverse TasNetworks team and outlines how this policy does not stand alone, but integrates with our training, policies and procedures to promote diversity in every part of our business.

Who does this policy apply to?

This policy applies to all team members who are employed in a full-time, part-time, contract, casual or fixed-term position. This policy is effective from 1 September 2015.

Purpose and benefits

The purpose of this policy is to outline our position on diversity by valuing, respecting and managing diversity in our workplace in all we do, to allow everyone to contribute to TasNetworks in their individual way.

Valuing diversity means recognising the differences in our team members and seeing this difference as a benefit to our business goals.

Respecting diversity means acknowledging everyone brings different backgrounds, skills, experiences and ideas to their role and these differences are accepted across our business by everyone.

Managing diversity means ensuring our business incorporates diversity into its business policies and processes and is measured.

Benefits of workplace diversity

There are many benefits to workplace diversity. These include:

  • Enhanced corporate performance, reputation and shareholder value
  • Access to different perspectives, ideas and innovative approaches leading to better decision making and business outcomes
  • Creativity and innovation arising from diversity enables team members to share different experiences, perspectives and cultures; remain flexible and dynamic as well as reflective of, and responsive to, the communities they interact with
  • Delivery of quality outcomes for customers
  • Maximisation of the talent potential and career opportunities for team members
  • Attraction and retention of top talent by ensuring the workplace is supportive of women
  • Better business outcomes through leveraging the unique experiences of people with diverse backgrounds
  • Competitive advantage
  • Broadening of skills and experience in the workforce
  • Increased opportunities to understand and engage with the company’s stakeholders and the various communities in which it operates
  • Improvement of the quality of life for the workforce, their families and communities
  • Increased morale, reduced bias and prejudice in the workplace and reduced absenteeism

Commitment to diversity

We make the following workplace diversity commitments:

  • We commit to understanding diversity in its many forms and creating an open and inclusive culture where all people are welcome and valued
  • We'll communicate our policy, along with educating our people of their rights, obligations and create awareness of the need to be mindful of diversity in our workplace, whatever form
  • We'll report on diversity though internal culture and engagement surveys and also through our annual report
  • Where possible, we'll take a flexible approach to working for us to meet the many demands our people have for balancing diverse work and life situations
  • We'll consider diversity in people policies and practices created and enhanced right across the business
  • We support equal employment opportunities for every role made available both internally and externally for our people and prospective team members

Measurable objectives

Each year, in conjunction with our diversity strategy and business planning, the Board and Leadership Team have established measurable objectives on workplace diversity and communicate and track these objectives.

We disclose, in each annual report, the measures for our diversity objectives and progress towards achieving them.

Roles and responsibilities

The Board and Leadership Team are responsible for:

  • Setting annual measurable workplace diversity objectives
  • Supporting the development of our Workplace Diversity Strategy
  • Leading the implementation of our Workplace Diversity Strategy

All team members have a responsibility for advancing workplace diversity under these existing policies and principles.