Cultural diversity is one of Western Australia’s great assets.
Around one-third of Western Australians were born overseas. Almost one-fifth (17 per cent) were born in a non-main English speaking country. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 3.1 per cent of Western Australia’s population.
Western Australia’s economy is becoming increasingly connected to those of countries around the world. Our cultural diversity offers the opportunity to forge these links and connections through people-to-people networks, cultural knowledge and language skills.
Research highlights that people from diverse cultural backgrounds—and with a range of skills—stimulate new ideas, higher rates of innovation and creativity, business formation, job generation and economic growth.
Just as organisations are realising the benefits of a culturally diverse workforce, there is a growing awareness of the benefits cultural and linguistic diversity can bring to boards and committees. For a board to be effective, members collectively need to have knowledge, skills, attributes and networks relevant to its business. Cultural and linguistic background adds an important element to the mix.
Diversifying boards—your cultural advantage is a guide to how you can contribute to boards and committees by adding your unique cultural and linguistic perspective, together with your knowledge, skills and experience.
It provides information about the functions of boards, how to make yourself attractive for board selection and the benefits this can bring to individuals, organisations and society.
I encourage you to take inspiration from this guide and use the information and insights to add your voice to those who shape our lives and our future.
Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA
TREASURER; MINISTER FOR ENERGY;
CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL INTERESTS