Inclusive recruitment research project

About the project

Anti-Discrimination NSW is working with the Department of Communities and Justice and independent social research agency The Insight Centre on a project to help make NSW public service recruitment processes more accessible and inclusive for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Through our community engagement, we hear many anecdotal reports from people in NSW experiencing race discrimination in recruitment and employment. We have also seen an increase in employers who want to designate jobs for people from CALD communities through the temporary exemption process under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

The project will help identify the obstacles people from CALD communities face when looking for a job, including in the application, interview, and assessment processes. It will also explore how public sector agencies can attract more culturally diverse job applicants who may not have thought about a career in government.

The first part of the project in 2023 has involved gathering evidence from job seekers, hiring managers and HR advisers within the Department of Communities and Justice. We also want to hear from inclusive employers in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors. Gathering a broad range of perspectives will help us to better understand any barriers in the recruitment process and how recruitment can be made more equitable.

We have also reviewed the available research literature and published a research paper titled Inclusive Recruitment for Culturally and Racially Marginalised Groups: A review of barriers and enablers.

In 2024, we will work with communities and organisations to develop resources to help recruiters and employers to improve their processes.

Information alert

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Adol Takpiny from Anti-Discrimination NSW at

Last updated:

01 Mar 2024

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