25 Years of STAR: Celebrating inclusion and diversity

STAR recognises that as a community organisation it is in a unique position to create an inclusive workplace where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to work in a collaborative, supportive, and respectful environment.

We advocate communities that support a culture where everyone feels valued and heard, regardless of their beliefs, ages and abilities.

To develop and foster an inclusive workforce, STAR has a formal employment charter for the employment of people with disability included in STAR Workforce Action Plan.

STAR volunteers and staff are community members who have a strong desire to give back and support those who are vulnerable. Through volunteering, many find a new sense of purpose to invest their available time. Volunteering instils improved self-esteem, an opportunity to learn key skills and to make new friends and social connections.

STAR is also a Host Employer for retraining and placement of an injured worker/ person from other organisations. This program assists workers in increasing their functional capacity to facilitate their return to work process.  

In 2019, STAR won a national award for championing inclusive workplace practices. The STAAR Awards are a joint initiative of the No More Harm National Conference and the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. The awards highlight, recognise and reward individuals and organisations who are actively promoting tolerance and inclusion to help stamp out bullying, harassment and discrimination in our communities and workplaces.

We are fortunate to have six people in our workforce who have moderate to profound disabilities. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we reaffirm our commitment to continue our efforts for building and nurturing an inclusive workplace.