Brunswick Industries Association (BIA) is committed to creating an environment that promotes equitable and inclusive behaviours and practices and creates a sense of belonging for all employees, regardless of cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion. This includes fostering an awareness of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and communities.

 

BIA is committed to ensuring that all supported employees are empowered to participate in the community in ways that are meaningful to them and ensure that services are provided with sensitivity and an awareness of the cultural beliefs and practices of supported employees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

BIA provides people with disabilities with the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities as any person employed in the community. This includes the right to access services, resources and facilities.

 

To succeed in this commitment, BIA will:

  • Comply with current relevant legislation, including the Equal Opportunity Act 2010
  • Promote the valued role people with disabilities have in the workplace and in the community
  • Promote community connection, inclusion and participation for supported employees, working together with the individual to connect to family, friends and their chosen communities
  • Utilise strategies that promote community and cultural connections including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Utilise strategies to ensure fair and equitable access to physical environments, information, communication and services through mechanisms such as the use of augmentative and alternative communication methods
  • Train staff in the importance of diversity, inclusion and community participation. This would include how staff can demonstrate inclusive behaviours and ways in which supported employees can be encouraged and supported to actively and meaningfully participate in the community
  • Actively engage and/or work in partnership with, mainstream community organisations and identify opportunities for supported employees to participate, according to their personal goals