ASC believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to a productive, innovative, high performing and engaged workforce.
Every day, more than 1,600 people come to work at ASC and every team member has the right to feel valued and respected. This focus on diversity and inclusion has led to the development of initiatives and programs that nurture a culture of respect and belonging.
Providing an inclusive, safe and secure environment allows ASC to build and maintain Australia’s front line naval capabilities.
ASC has several initiatives that focus on engagement and advocacy for people of all cultures and demographics. They are supported by a Diversity and Inclusion Council comprised of employees.
These include the ‘Together as One’ program, which has been designed to create an environment where all employees feel they belong and celebrate their differences, together with networking events.
ASC’s focus on diversity and inclusion is reflected in its corporate value of Respect.
Together as One
ASC’s diversity and inclusion initiative ‘Together as One’ was designed to create an environment where employees celebrate their differences and believe that it is these differences that make them stronger.
The ‘Together as One’ program aims to develop a diverse and powerful workforce where each employee is accepted for their uniqueness, creating a culture of trust without prejudice or assumption.
Respecting Indigenous culture
ASC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on or near ASC’s operations in South Australia and Western Australia – the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and the Whadjuk Noongar people of Perth’s Swan Coastal Plain. ASC pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging, and extends this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
ASC focuses on relationships – with each other, with its customers and with the communities in which it operates. ASC is committed to developing respectful relationships and creating meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and will continue to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses through the procurement of goods and services.
In 2021, ASC implemented its inaugural ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This plan incorporated a strong focus on building awareness throughout the business and providing opportunities for team members to engage with the RAP to learn more about reconciliation, while relationships were built with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. The RAP has provided ASC with a framework to contribute to reconciliation, both within the organisation and with its wider communities in South Australia and Western Australia.
ASC is now developing an ‘Innovate’ RAP, and continuing its reconciliation journey by cementing an organisational culture of diversity and inclusion, and building on the strengths of its diverse workforce to encourage cultural awareness and different ways of thinking.