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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead  

About us

The City of Bayside is 8 kilometres south of Melbourne's Central Business District. It covers 17 stunning kilometres Port Phillip's coastline and is home to over 107,000 residents.

At Council, we have a team of 650 and an operating expenditure budget of over $126million, delivering over 100 services for our community across a diverse range of areas: aged services, family services, parks and leisure, libraries, arts and culture, economic development and planning.

Our community members are proud to call Bayside home and employees are proud to work for Council, making a difference in the lives of people across our community. Our people are also proud of our environmental commitment and performance as one of only eight Victorian councils maintaining verified carbon neutrality for Council’s operations.

Our Opportunity

This is an exciting time for this role with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion one of three organisational priorities that we are focussing on as part of our One Bayside Organisational Strategy. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead will play a key role in leading Bayside’s DEI ambition – to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation where everyone feels respected and valued.

At Bayside we believe that valuing, supporting and leveraging every bit of our diversity will be the basis of even better service and delivery to our community.

We are already doing some fabulous work in this space however it is time to pull this all together through the development of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.

You would be joining an inspired, engaged and fun team that truly love working together and passionately care about making a difference for the organisation and the community.

Is this role for you?

This role is for you if you are an experienced diversity, equity and inclusion specialist that can bring their energy and experience to collaborate with others to take our DEI maturity to the next level.   

To be successful in this role you will need

  • A tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience in a similar field such as Human Resources, Education, Business or Psychology.
  • Proven ability to design and develop DEI programs and initiatives that align to and support the achievement of organisational strategy and aspirations.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing the latest diversity thinking and practice on key areas including indigenous, work-life/flexibility, gender, cultural diversity, multi-faith, disability, generational/mature age, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Intersex (LGBTIQA+) and emerging diversity issues
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence, liaise and consult with employees and management at all levels of the organisation, and diverse stakeholders including senior management, employer groups, unions, and internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in organisation wide change management

What we can offer

At Bayside City Council, we are committed to a positive, flexible and inclusive workplace culture, where our people and customers feel respected and valued. We are proud to serve our community through operating with transparency, integrity and in the best interests of the Bayside community to deliver exceptional service.


We work hybridly. When you are working from the office, our beautiful Bayside location is glorious. Head office has parkland surrounds and the beach within a 500m walk. We even boast beautiful a coastal Indigenous Trail that provides insight into the relationship between our First Nation’s culture and the coastal environment. Whether you are working from home, from the office or out in the field we continue to focus on ensuring our systems and processes enable collaboration and connection.


Our employee's wellbeing is a priority for us, and we demonstrate this through our flexible work options and generous leave provisions.  We have dedicated staff wellbeing programs and events, gym membership discounts and fully funded Wellbeing Assistance Program for employees and their families. We also have a very active social club.


Our values driven, collaborative One Bayside culture sees us in the top quartile for employee engagement. That doesn’t mean that we rest on our laurels. We are always looking for ways to ensure our culture is one where people can thrive. This year we are putting increased focus and effort on diversity, equity and inclusion as it is important to our Bayside community and our staff that everyone is respected and valued. We are always striving to improve and have a goal of being sector leading…...without meaning to brag in some areas we already are. 


We are passionately committed to sustainability in the way we work.  Councillor Evans, OAM exemplifies this in his comments “What an achievement to be able to say we’re certified carbon neutral in Council operations - every Baysider should be proud.  We’re taking full responsibility for the emissions we create through our operations and will continue to minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible so there is only a small residual amount to offset.”

If you’re ready to be part of our incredible organisation and lead an organisation proud to make a difference in the lives of people across our community:

  • Review the Position Description.
  • If you think you possess the necessary skills and expertise to be successful in this role and are confident you can live our Values and Behaviours, please submit your application to Charlotte Farrugia, Coordinator People & Capability at
  • Your application should include a resume and a covering letter (max 2 pages), outlining how your skills and experience meet the key accountabilities and challenges of the role and how you already live Bayside City Council values.
  • If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please email or contact Charlotte Farrugia, People & Capability Coordinator on 9599 4460.

Deadline: Sunday 26th June

For enquiries or to organise a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Charlotte Farrugia, Coordinator People & Capability on 9599 4460.

Bayside City Council proudly acknowledges the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging as well as any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community members with us today.

Council is committed to the health and safety of its employees and addressing risks of COVID-19 in the workplace. Council’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all workers to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment.

Council is committed to building a culture that keeps children and young people safe. Applicants will be required to satisfactorily undertake a Criminal History Check, Medical and/or Working with Children Check in accordance with the position.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse and socially inclusive work environment.  We actively encourage applicants with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with disability, LGBTIQA+ people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.