Manager Community Planning, City of Greater Dandenong's Diversity
Diversity in Local Government
The City of Greater Dandenong as an example of access and equity
theory into practice. The development of our Diversity Action
Plan including the audit process. Slow, definite and quantifiable
organisational change in process.
From a career in Secondary teaching (History and English) 1984
1989 at Toorak College Mt Eliza to teaching Adult Language
and Literacy in Adult Migrant Education Services (AMES) from
1990 to 1992 in Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong. Took a
position with City of Springvale on an English as a Second Language
project. Was successful in gaining funding to run an English
Language and Literacy Advice Centre out of the Springvale Library
which works in collaboration with community Language and Literacy
providers. 1992 1995. This project has remained as is a
unique local model of referral and placement in the Community
Moved in to Local Government mainstream in 1995 with council
amalgamation by taking a position with the as a diversity, communication
and training practitioner.
Took over Diversity Unit team leader role in 1996. The unit produced
an organisational Diversity Audit program which was implemented
over 1997 1998. The program was launched officially by
acting Human Rights Commissioner Chris Sidoti in August 1999
as part of a Diversity Action Plan.
1998 1999 Acting Manager Community and Cultural Development,
with the Diversity Unit reporting amongst Arts, Recreation, Leisure
and Community Development teams.
1999 2000 Manager Community and Cultural Development
2000. Responsible for the areas above (planning focus) and with
the added responsibility of community consultation ad communication
and community grants.
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