Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

COMMONWEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS MULTICULTURAL ACCESS AND EQUITY ACTION PLAN 2018–2022

27 July 2018
2018-2020 COMMONWEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS MULTICULTURAL ACCESS AND EQUITY ACTION PLAN
About the CDPP

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is a national prosecution service, which contributes to a fair, safe and just society by delivering effective, independent prosecution services for the Australian community.

For more than 30 years, the CDPP has prosecuted a diverse range of crimes against Commonwealth law including:

  • Terrorism
  • Child exploitation
  • Corporate, commercial and corruption
  • Cybercrime
  • Environment
  • Human trafficking and slavery
  • Money laundering
  • People smuggling
  • Revenue and benefits fraud
  • Safety
  • Serious drug offences

The CDPP undertakes legal work in courts across Australia, provides legal advice to Commonwealth investigators and plays an essential role in assisting with the prosecution of transnational crime.

Multicultural Access and Equity Action Plan

The CDPP’s Multicultural Access and Equity Action Plan (MAEAP) identifies actions that we will implement to enhance our services, interactions and responsiveness to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) employees, colleagues in partner agencies, witnesses and victims. The actions are aligned to the six commitments of the Multicultural Access and Equity Policy:

1

Leadership

2

Engagement

3

Responsiveness

4

Performance

5

Capability

6

Openess

The MAEAP will be supported through the CDPP’s three cultural elements—collaboration, innovation and diversity. We aim to provide opportunities to the culturally and linguistically diverse community by:

understanding and respecting cultural differences

breaking down barriers in our work and working environment

broadening and embedding access to services and resources

enhancing employee awareness to empower them to respond and assist in a quick and efficient way

celebrating and raising awareness on national recognition days, such as Harmony Day.

1.Leadership

Senior management and employees within the agency demonstrate a commitment to the implementation and promotion of the MAEAP.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
1.1Appoint a CDPP senior leader to be the Diversity Champion which will include championing Multicultural Access and Equity (MAE)ELGMarch 2018Champion appointed
1.2Launch the MAEAPPeople BranchMarch 2018MAEAP launched and promoted throughout agency
1.3Include relevant MAEAP initiatives that directly relate to our strategic themesPractice Group Leaders GovernanceFor the entirety of the MAEAPThe MAEAP is referenced in strategic documents
1.4Include MAE issues as a standing agenda item to identify & address any barriers experienced by CALD communities in accessing servicesNational Victims of Crime Liaison Group SecretariatFor the entirety of the MAEAPItem included on standing agenda

2.Engagement

We engage with the community to ensure that we provide a fair, equitable and accessible prosecution service and also provide clear information for the CALD community to contact the CDPP.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
2.1Ensure complaints and feedback policy and procedures are accessible to people from CALD backgroundsCommunications and Media TeamAugust 2018CDPP Complaints policy is uploaded on the CDPP’s external website in HTML format

3.Responsiveness

We ensure services and guidelines are readily available to ensure the CDPP is responsive to, and can support all culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
3.1CDPP representation at the MAE whole of government working groupDiversity NetworkAs per working group meeting scheduleRepresentative from Diversity Network attends each meeting
3.2Identify cultural training to ensure CDPP employees can respond to victims, witnesses and defendants accordinglyPeople Branch Prosecution Team LeadersAugust 2018 When requiredOrganisations that provide cultural training are listed on ehub Training for employees is available as needed
3.3Ensure documents on our external website are readily accessible in key applicable forms (example HTML)Communications and Media TeamSeptember 2018Information on the external CDPP website can be ‘read’ by language translation software

4.Performance

We implement processes to measure multicultural access and equity performance at senior management and agency level.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
4.1Provide updates to ELG on progress of MAEAP initiativesDiversity NetworkBi annual—April and October each yearUpdates provided to ELG as scheduled
4.2Information on the progress of MAE initiatives to be reported in the Annual ReportDiversity NetworkAnnually—JulyThe Annual report reflects the efforts of the CDPP to embed culturally inclusive practices

5.Capability

We foster employee understanding and awareness of the cultural and linguistically diverse Australian community.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
5.1Investigate cultural competency training for CDPP employeesPeople BranchDecember 2018Paper submitted to ELG recommending cultural training
5.2Coordinate events that celebrate cultural diversityPeople Branch until Diversity Network is established—then Diversity Network will be responsibleDates to coincide with days determined by the Diversity NetworkCultural diversity is celebrated through promotion of whole of agency events, such as Harmony Day
5.3Review and update HR resources to ensure there are no unintended barriers to employees or potential employees from a culturally and linguistically diverse backgroundPeople BranchSeptember 2019Documents and processes are updated as required
5.4Continue to grow the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Network to include cultural and linguistic expertiseLegal Business ImprovementMay 2019The SME Network has a variety of employee profiles with expertise in speaking, writing and reading CALD languages

6.Openness

We are transparent and open with how the MAEAP is implemented and delivered.

ITEMACTIONRESPONSIBILITYTIMELINEMEASURE
6.1Publish the MAEAP on the agency’s internal and external websiteCommunication and Media TeamMarch 2018MAEAP published on ehub and external website
6.2Complete the MAE report annuallyPeople BranchAnnually—September/ OctoberOctober MAE report provided to DSS annually, by due date
6.3Publicise examples of the removal of barriers with partner agencies through summary of positive initiatives or changes made in relation to reducing barriers in the culturally and linguistically diverse space to the Diversity NetworkDiversity NetworkProgressively—when availableExamples are published on e-hub