Diversity at Big W and the Woolworths Group

Big W

Helping our people become the best they can be is a key focus at Woolworths. Our diverse team reflects the diverse roles available across our Company and our aim is to match the right people with the right roles.

Woolworths is a diverse organisation with employees from different cultures and backgrounds. We represent a slice of Australia, where 1 in 63 Australians work for Woolworths.

Woolworths Limited is committed to diversity in the workplace that reflect the local communities within which we operate and a work environment that ensures equal opportunity for all. Woolworths recognises and embraces the considerable value that a diverse workforce adds to an organisation. We strive to create a work environment that is safe and inclusive and where all employees are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect.

"Whether someone is looking for a long term career, a technical skill, a casual job or just the chance to have a go, we can provide them. At Woolworths we are committed to having a diverse workforce" CEO Grant O'Brien.

We have a large female workforce, and as such implemented initiatives to ensure that our female population is supported and equally represented at all levels of the organisation. This has included being the first Australian national retailer to introduce paid parental leave.

In 2012 we signed a landmark agreement with the Australian Government. The Fresh Start agreement focuses on advancing workplace participation for people with diverse backgrounds including indigenous workers, people with a disability, older workers and the long term unemployed. Along with new job creation and skills and development training.

There are many diverse groups that make up our organisation, and every effort is made to increase the employment level of these groups to gain better representation in the overall workforce.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates and once people join our organisation, they progress purely on merit.

Disability Employment

Woolworths encourages and supports the employment of people with disability. We also recognise the diversity of people who have disability. We understand that whilst some people with disability may require no additional support to work at Woolworths, Disability Employment Services around the country provide valuable services that make it easier for people with disability to secure employment.

The National Disability Recruitment Coordinator program (NDRC) by WorkFocus Australia is our Diversity Partner, and we encourage jobseekers who are registered with a Disability Employment Service to contact them to discuss employment goals. The NDRC will discuss preferences and register eligible candidates, who will then be considered for current and future vacancies across all brands within Woolworths Limited.

If you have a disability, are not registered with a Disability Employment Service and do not require assistance in employment, simply apply on-line. You will be asked in your on-line application whether you require a reasonable adjustment to accommodate your disability.

If you represent jobseekers with disability, or are registered with a Disability Employment Service, the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator will be able to provide more information on how you can apply for jobs at Woolworths.


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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

In 2011 we announced our Reconciliation Action Plan, our commitment to assist in closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

The plan centres on four key pillars:

  1. Relationships – building and fostering positive working relationships with key stakeholder groups and community leaders
  2. Respect – developing a deeper cultural understanding within the business and creating appropriate protocols and policies to further this
  3. Opportunities – continuing to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to access employment, training, education and business opportunities with Woolworths. Initiatives include formal and informal access to work programs, working with indigenous-owned small businesses, community investment programs and developing more appropriate product ranging for stores with a high indigenous customer base
  4. Reporting – monitoring our progress, tracking the effectiveness of the outcomes and continuing to consult with stakeholder groups