Report on Strategic Management and Leadership

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Running head: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIPStrategic Management and LeadershipName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor’s Note
1STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIPTable of ContentsPart A: Research Project..................................................................................................................3Question 1: Are all relevant key legislations included in the DET policy?.....................................3Question 2: Identify where in the existing Policy the principles of diversity are evident...............3Question 4: Review DET Annual Report for statistical data to identify trends for diversity andEEO issues.......................................................................................................................................4Question 5: Make recommendations for improvement for the policy.............................................5Part B: Discuss four relevant legislations and their impact on diversity in workplace...................5Reference List:.................................................................................................................................8
2STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIPPart A: Research ProjectQuestion 1: Are all relevant key legislations included in the DET policy?The Department of Education and Training has planned and implemented differentstrategies to promote and maintain diversity in the workplace throughout Australia. In thisregard, the department has prepared strategies that include the Workforce Diversity Plan 2012-2017, Aboriginal Human Resources Development Plan 2012-2017 and Strategic HumanResources Plan 2012-2017. The Workforce Diversity Policy has been created to ensure aworkplace that encourages diversity in every aspect of life. It encompasses the students, parentand community.Some of the key legislations included in the DET Diversity Policy are:Community relations and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000NSW Disability Services Act 1993Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010Teaching Service Act 1980Technical and Further Education Commission Act 1990NSW Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 andEducation (School Administrative and Support Staff) Act 1987It is evident from the above list of legislations that the department has more or lessincluded all the relevant legislations that are aimed at ensuring workforce diversity. However, aclose look into the policy reveals that little importance has been given to gender equality.
3STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIPAlthough the policy does mention equality on all levels including gender, it lacks prominence.Gender discrimination is visible throughout the world across workplaces and the situation is nodifferent in Australia as well (Sugrue, 2014). Women with equal qualities and skills are notappointed to higher ranks, be it in educational institutions or other organizations. Genderequality becomes all the more important at basic educational level because that shapes and moldsthe behavior and thinking of the students. An inclusion of the Gender Equality Act would haveprovided a push to the workforces to work together towards the betterment of the Australiansociety.Question 2: Identify where in the existing Policy the principles of diversity are evident.Diversity refers to the inclusion of people in a society from different culturalbackgrounds, gender, demography, ethnicity, region and religion. The current DET policy iscommitted towards encouraging diversity in the workplace that mirrors the multiplicity of thestudents, teachers, carers, parents and the community of NSW. The Workforce Diversity Plan2012-2017 mentions the achievement of a workplace where each individual irrespective of his orher culture, ethnicity, physical ability, community or religion, shall be valued and respected.Respecting differences is one of the principles of diversity. Providing equal employmentopportunity to the people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, differently able people, non-English speaking people, women and younger people is included in the principles of WDP.Equality in employment is also a part of the principles of diversity.The Strategic Human Resources Plan 2102-2017, mentions that a higher and betterrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the workplace will be an indicator of the achievement ofgoals. This can be aligned to the principles of diversity especially in the Australian context
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