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We are extremely dedicated to our work, but that doesn’t mean it’s all we do.

Our people are from all walks of life, and their passions outside of the workplace reflect this. Some of us are even representative athletes, published authors, award-winning musicians and highly regarded academics.

Many of us volunteer for a wide range of charities and community groups—from rural fire brigades and volunteer emergency organisations, to groups promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) and mental health initiatives.

ASIO provides paid community service leave to support officers volunteering their time to the community. We also give back to the community by hosting several fundraising events each year.

Australian Workplace Equality Index Silver Accreditation for excellence in LGBTI workplace inclusion

This year ASIO received silver level accreditation as an employer of choice at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards, which celebrates Australia's top organisations for LGBTI inclusion. The Australian Workplace Equality Index is Australia's definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion produced annually by Pride in Diversity. ASIO is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment, and this accreditation demonstrates the positive community and culture within ASIO.

Male Champions of Change

In 2016 the Director-General of Security, Duncan Lewis, joined Male Champions of Change (MCC) program to advance diversity in ASIO.

MCC’s goal is to create groups of influential men who work together to advance gender equity in their organisations and across society more broadly. The MCC strategy enables men to step up beside women and accept joint accountability for change.

The Director-General’s MCC group includes Andrew Colvin—Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police; Andrew Clarke—Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand Boston Consulting Group; Andy Vesey—Managing Director and CEO AGL; Clive Smith—Chairman and CEO Unilever; Greg Hywood—CEO Fairfax and Managing Director, Fairfax; Peter Tonagh—CEO Foxtel; and Tony Johnson—Oceania Managing Partner EY.

MCC aims to provide innovative leadership on some seemingly intractable gender equity issues, including low numbers of women in senior leadership positions; low take-up and progression of women’s careers in non-traditional sectors; and the need for a strong culture of respect for, and the engagement and inclusion of, women across our communities.

Cancer Council fundraising

For over 10 years we have hosted Daffodil Day and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events to raise money for cancer research and support services. In 2016, ASIO was recognised by the Cancer Council as one of its top five fundraisers in the Australian Capital Territory.