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Queensland Health Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 to 2022

The Queensland Health Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2022 (PDF 455 kB) includes three overarching focus areas that are underpinned by diversity and inclusion principles and identifies seven priority groups which will be our focus for the duration of the strategy.

The purpose of the strategy is to drive greater workforce diversity and inclusion across the organisation by encouraging inclusive strategies and practices in particular areas such as recruitment and career pathways. The strategy also takes an active approach towards increasing representation from priority groups in line with Queensland public sector foundational workforce targets for 2022.


Everyone should feel safe and encouraged to fully participate with one another. Queensland Health will promote diversity and inclusion by implementing strategies that: 

  • Are sensitive to and informed by the needs of employees from diverse experiences, and
  • Remove systemic or attitudinal barriers to the career progression of people from diverse backgrounds.

Focus areas

This strategy has three overarching focus areas, underpinned by standard principles to build consistency in how we approach and implement initiatives of the strategy across the Queensland Health.

  • Attract, select and retain talent
  • Create a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce culture
  • Develop individuals to achieve their full potential


  • Job access supports diversity of candidates with recruitment pools.
  • Job design/redesign that supports and encourages workforce flexibility, diversity and inclusion.
  • The benefits of diversity and inclusion communicated to, and understood by employees and the organisation.
  • Resources support line managers and leaders to achieve a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Employees are supported to bring their whole self to work.
  • Employees are supported in their career journey through appropriate training, development and career opportunities.

Priority groups

Although diversity is considered in the broadest sense and the emphasis is on inclusion and diversity for all employees in the workplace, the following are the priority groups over the life of the strategy:

  • People with a disability
  • Non-english speaking background
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Gender equity
  • Youth (under 25)
  • Mature age (over 45)

Diversity targets

Queensland Health has established targets for diverse workforce groups aligned with foundational targets established by the Public Service Commission for the Queensland Public Service.

Targets have been developed across diversity groups for each hospital and health service, the Department of Health and Queensland Health. These areas were identified by the Queensland Public Service as the areas in need of most critical attention.

Last updated: 27 July 2017