Coast FM Diversity, Access & Equity Policy
In order to affect the Coast FM’s vision and purpose as detailed in its Strategic Plan, the station affirms and aims to reflect within its own structure the community broadcasting sector’s principles of diversity, access and equity. In order to best meet and support the needs of the community broadcasting sector, the COAST FM strives to ensure that all stakeholders have equal access to relevant COAST FM information, services and opportunities, and that its culture and management systems are aligned with these principles.
The COAST FM is committed not only to complying with applicable law such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 in all of its operations but aspires to set an example for the community broadcasting sector and the broader community by promoting and embracing diversity and cultural sensitivity, and by fostering anti-discrimination awareness and behaviour amongst staff and volunteers in our commitment to achieving social justice and a thriving community media sector.
Purpose This Diversity, Access & Equity Policy provides a framework to:
- Ensure the membership of the COAST FM’s Board and Committees are appropriately diverse and to establish how these objectives can be met and measured.
- Bring together the different accountabilities involved in different areas of accessibility, and to clarify the nature of these responsibilities in each area.
- Integrate a philosophy of equity into all the organisation’s activities and to establish and • promote accessible practices in our operations.
Definitions Diversity refers to the visible and invisible differences that exist between people, such as gender, culture, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, age, economic status, language, faith, nationality, education, geographical location and family/marital status. It also refers to diverse ways of thinking and ways of working. This policy should be read in conjunction with the COAST FM Consultation Policy.
Coast FM Diversity and Equity Policy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Women • People with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
People with a disability
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people
People from non-metropolitan areas The Coast FM promotes diversity, supports equal rights, and does not advocate, support or practice discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, gender, sexual orientation, or mental or physical handicap or disability, except where affirmative action may be required to redress disadvantage. The COAST FM will make all reasonable efforts to allow people who experience difficulty accessing our information and services to overcome any impediments.
Policy The Coast FM respects and values the advantages of diversity and the benefits that flow from the integration of diversity principles throughout its culture and management structures. The COAST FM seeks to add to, nurture and develop itself through the collective skills and diverse experience and attributes of the members of its Board and Committees through a blend of skills, experiences, perspectives, styles and attributes including their culture, gender, age and geographic location. While not limited to the following groups, current priorities for affirmative action within leadership structures at the COAST FM include:
The COAST FM commits itself to:
- Diversity: The COAST FM will develop strategies, initiatives and programs to promote diversity on its Board and Committees.