Your One Stop Shop for information about Diversity and Equity within CASS

The purpose of these pages is to collate and communicate the policies, resources, and support structures already in place within CSIRO around Diversity and Equity issues and to highlight the new initiatives being implemented by the CASS Diversity Committee.


CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is committed to Diversity and Equity initiatives both internal and CSIRO-wide.

One of these initiatives is the establishment of a CASS Diversity Committee in 2014. The current membership of the CASS Diversity Committee is spread across all of the CASS sites.

For more information on the CASS Diversity Committee, including how to join, please email Jane Kaczmarek (Jane.Kaczmarek[at], Chair of the CASS Diversity Committee.

Annual Reports

The 2016 Annual Report is available, as is the 2015 Annual Report.

Points of Contact

If you experience inappropriate workplace behaviour, you are encouraged to be proactive about improving the situation by talking to a trusted colleague.

In addition to HR, you can also contact CSIRO Equity and Diversity Contact Officers for help and advice, as well as the anonymous Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


CSIRO is an equal opportunity employer. Staff are appointed or promoted on their individual merits and capacity to perform, regardless of sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion or disabilities.

More information related to Diversity and Inclusion within CSIRO is available in on the Diversity Resources page.

What is Equity

Staff have the right to a workplace that is free of inappropriate workplace behaviour. Equity means more than ensuring equitable treatment of staff; it also directs that differences among people should be celebrated.

Care must be taken that personal prejudices against certain groups do not intrude into work practices and relationships. Discriminatory treatment or harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated.

What is Diversity

Diversity is the collective mixture of characteristics that exists amongst staff or the community in general. It can refer to function, experience, discipline, education, socio-economic background, marital status, personality profile, gender, age, language, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, family responsibility or physical/mental impairment.

It is critical to the achievement of our business goals that we have a culture which respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of the diversity we have in CSIRO.


The principles of E&D that underpin fair and equitable human resource practices have an impact on our daily conduct and interactions with people in the workplace and involve having respect for an individual's rights and dignity. CSIRO is also bound by law to provide a workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Managers at all levels in the Organisation are responsible for the management of their staff and implementation of CSIRO's policies and procedures in a fair and equitable manner. They are also accountable for ensuring appropriate legislative compliance. All staff are expected to behave appropriately in the workplace in accordance with CSIRO's Code of Conduct, including E&D and values.


Page last updated: 30-apr-2019