At Castle, we create opportunities for people to be truly seen, supported and valued regardless of their age, gender, beliefs, race, sexual orientation, social status, or disability.
As an organisation, we use our platform and resources to ignite, support and promote change for marginalised and disadvantaged people who deserve to live in a society where their rights are respected and their needs are met - a society they feel they belong to.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to Australia's first peoples, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land. We are deeply sorry for the mistreatment and trauma Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people have endured as a result of colonisation, and the social inequity they continue to experience to this day.
Since 1991, we have helped more people with disability find work than any other organisation in the region. We see and respect a person’s ability. This is where we focus our energy. We support our participants and employers every step of the way to ensure success. By putting inclusion first, we will open up a world of possibilities for everyone.
To the LGBTQIA+ community, the fight for equality and justice is far from over. Social inclusion requires us to eradicate policies and laws that criminalise sexual orientation and gender expression, repressing people’s identities and limiting their access to better health systems, jobs, social security, freedom of movement and limitations to form a family.
We want to be active advocates for underrepresented minority groups by standing up for their rights and being a place where they feel safe and welcomed.
What Castle is doing to support diversity and inclusion
To support our commitment to diversity and inclusion, our Strategic Plan includes an objective to evaluate the feasibility of formalising this commitment in an Access and Inclusion Policy. This is an important step in our journey, as such a policy will also formalise our public accountability to being a leader in diversity and inclusion.
As a leader in diversity and inclusion, we established the Inclusive 100. The Inclusive 100 is an opportunity to join some of our region’s most iconic businesses in a community initiative to increase employment and the social inclusion of people living with disability.
Castle has developed and endorsed an Indigenous Participation Plan (IPP), which includes stretch targets in relation to Community Engagement and Reconciliation, Employment, Procurement, and Consultation and Accountability. One of the outcomes of the IPP will be the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan.