Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are an intrinsic part of how we do business at Westernport Water. It is woven through all that we do. It links our strategies and plans, guides our behaviours, and values, and drives our relationships with our community.

We are passionate about creating an environment that is inclusive. That embraces the diversity of our people, their unique talents, ideas, and vision. Our people reflect the diversity of our community, and we want them to bring their ’authentic self’ to work every day.  It is important to us that our people feel valued and respected for all their differences regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation and to have equal access to all opportunities and resources.

Our people bring experiences and perspectives to our business that builds better customer connection and greater innovation. Their skills and individual perspectives all contribute to an actively diverse workforce that enhances our business and values inclusiveness.

A place of belonging

Westernport Water is made up of people from a wide range of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. We celebrate this often and we encourage our employees to recognise both individual and cultural differences. We are committed to breaking down barriers for those with disability and people who identify as LGBTIQ+. We seek to foster a culture where employees with diverse sexuality and/or gender feel respected, valued, and empowered, and we encourage our LGBTIQ+ employees to identify. We are committed to finding more ways to ensure a safe space for all.

At Westernport Water we provide an accessible and inclusive workplace for people with disability. To support people with disability we offer tailored support and reasonable adjustments such as specialised equipment, furniture and work aids as well as working flexibility and additional training.

It is important to us that an employee or candidate can request a workplace adjustment during any stage of the recruitment process or during their employment with us.

Achieving a gender balance

We are dedicated to attracting and retaining women in all roles and all levels across the organisation. This includes a flexible working environment, inclusive culture, visible role modelling, as well as providing development opportunities in leadership roles and trades.

We are committed to retaining talented people and supporting them to progress their careers while meeting their aspirations for family and community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Bunurong Peoples have managed the resources on Millowl (Phillip Island) for thousands of years.  We continue to learn through their connection to the land, waterways and communities in order to protect our most precious resource.

We are committed to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, supporting their self-determination, and for us to implement and promote employment programs that support the development and recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and strengthen our capacity to provide a culturally safe workplace.

We strive to be an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by offering great opportunities from graduate positions through to leadership roles as well as supporting training and professional development.

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-24

Our vision for diversity and inclusion

To be an innovative employer of choice with an actively diverse workforce that enhances our business and the lives of our people and stakeholders. Read our 2021-24 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace, Westernport Water has developed a Gender Equality Action Plan. This Plan was developed following a Workplace Gender Audit with priority areas for action including a safe, respectful workplace culture, gendered workforce diversity and the gender pay gap.

STEM sisters

STEM sisters

The STEM Sisters Program is an initiative of three Gippsland Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) that were created to increase female participation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as First Nations People and that the land, sea and water are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance. We recognise that we provide services on the traditional lands of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation. The Bunurong Peoples have managed the resources on Millowl for thousands of years. We acknowledge them and their continued connection to this place, as we go about managing the water resources today.