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New Director for Defence Centre of Diversity Expertise

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Newly appointed Defence Director Diversity Nikki Curtin is passionate about Defence achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Mrs Curtin will be directing the Centre for Diversity Expertise, and responsible for delivering initiatives that evolve Defence into an inclusive and progressive organisation that maximises capability by capitalising on a diverse workforce.

"I am passionate about Defence achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce and am motivated by the initiatives, development of programs and positive changes that continue to influence our organisational culture," said Mrs Curtin.

"This is an exciting opportunity that builds on corporate skills obtained throughout my career and I look forward to developing the team as we restructure with the First Principles Review.

"I love that we are supporting an environment where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and be accepted for who they are and what they can offer."

Prior to her current role, Mrs Curtin worked in Defence Community Organisation for four years as the Director National Support and was largely responsible for corporate support including Human Resources, finance, and governance and management of the Defence childcare program.

Mrs Curtin joined Defence in 2003 after working in the banking and insurance industries, commencing her first role in Darwin, processing military pay, leave and personal entitlements. In 2005, she moved to Canberra as part of the then Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group as the technical authority for military personnel entitlements. In that capacity Mrs Curtin developed and introduced a new service to support military members transitioning from Defence to civilian life.

Mrs Curtin took over the role from outgoing director Mrs Ellen Swavley in May 2015.

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Mrs Swavley delivered the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2012-2017, coordinated participation and increased standing in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, implemented better and inclusive workplace practices across Defence utilising the Pride in Diversity Membership, and supported Defence participation at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day. Her efforts also resulted in removal of the policy banning transgender personnel shortly after she assumed the role in 2010.

Images by : Ann-Marie Calilhanna

Top Image: Mrs Nikki Curtin

Lower Image: Captain Christine Clarke and Mrs Ellen Swavley hold the Australian Workplace Equality Index Award for Defence with Defence personnel and Australian Federal Police personnel at the Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards 2015


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