Recruitment & Employment

Recruitment practices and employment conditions are crucial to building a more inclusive arts sector.

How can organisations take effective steps to be as inclusive as possible while providing an environment that improves the retention of staff from all cultural backgrounds?

It may have sounded good in the boardroom, but efforts to attract and include historically marginalised cultural groups haven’t always been as effective on the ground.

However, from experience comes lessons for more successful strategies. One of the key cross-industry learnings? That we must understand the causes of a lack of diversity before designing an effective solution.

Organisations should be ready to undertake careful examination, seek out expertise, and make an authentic commitment and investment in the people in their organisations.

Perspectives from experienced business professionals, racial justice advocates and those on the receiving end of recruitment practices and employment environments as they currently are (and historically have existed) are combined in this section of the toolkit.

This website focuses on ethno-cultural, migrant, refugee and minority ethnic racial equity in the arts and creative sector.  Working with First Nations communities and cultural material requires very specific frameworks, protocols and standards that this website does not attempt to address. Find out more.

Actions you can take in relation
to Recruitment & Employment

Build Inclusive Leadership and Boards

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Commit to pay equity

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Be transparent about your pay and diversity data

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Attract diverse talent at all levels

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Adopt inclusive and leading hiring practices

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Provide authentic development opportunities and workplace support

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Build and retain a representative workforce

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Introduce initiatives to support workplace diversity

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