Building a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce Forum – 22 March 2018

Over 50 leaders from across Queensland industries and government attended the Building a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce Forum on Thursday, 22 March 2018, held in conjunction with our Industries Reference Group meeting. Industries represented at the forum included tourism, building and construction, hospitality, transport and logistics, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and health and community services.

The forum was hosted by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council in response to a call for action from Queensland industries to support their understanding and action in developing more inclusive workplaces and diverse workforces.

There is increasing recognition of the contribution that diverse and inclusive workplaces make to productivity, innovation and customer service outcomes.

In line with emerging evidence, the forum built a picture of what a diverse workforce can look like, how it can contribute to business and social outcomes, and what opportunities and resources are available to support inclusive strategies.

Key speakers and panel members on the day included:

  • Maureen Frank – Chief Disruption Officer, emberin
  • Sonia Cooper – Deputy Commissioner, Workforce Strategy and Performance, Public Service Commission
  • Mitra Khakbaz – Multicultural Development Australia
  • Mustafa Haidari
  • Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner
  • Deb Rooskov – National Disability Coordination Officer, STEPS Group Australia
  • Fran Vicary – Carers Queensland
  • Caroline Morrissey – Queensland Resources Council
  • Georgia Henry – Henry Reed
  • Warren Locke – Department of Health

The Workforce Council would like to thank the presenters, panel members and participants for their valuable insights and contribution on the day. We look forward to working closely with our industry partners to continue to support an inclusive Queensland workforce.

Watch this space – Attendees of the forum have agreed to issue a communique as industry and community leaders; and to work towards a wider event in the future.


Presentations from the Industries Reference Group meeting and the Building a Diverse and Dynamic Forum can be accessed below.

Sonia Cooper has also shared the Public Service Commission’s diversity and inclusion video ‘Be You’. The video showcases the differences and aspirations of the extraordinary public service workforce.

The YouTube link is https://youtu.be/F–npNKgxzA