Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012
Corporate outcome: Human rights
The department operates within the context of Australia being a signatory to the seven key human rights treaties, with human rights being protected and promoted through a range of domestic legislation, policies and practices and independent bodies. In line with Australia's Human Rights Framework, the department promotes a human rights culture. This involves an expectation that departmental staff treat all people with respect and consideration, and avoid making assumptions based on personal characteristics or behavior. It also involves ensuring that the department is a safe and respectful workplace that reflects the diversity of the people it serves. This commitment is consistent with our obligations under the APS Values and Code of Conduct, as contained in the Public Service Act 1999.
Staff have access to a range of resources, including the publication ‘In our hands: a guide to human rights for Australian public servants’ provided by the Attorney-General's Department to assist staff to understand human rights obligations and take them into account in their daily work. For more information and to access the publication, visit the Attorney-General's Department website www.ag.gov.au.