The Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED) Framework

"The Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework was established in 2010 across the ACT Public Sector (ACTPS).  The principles of respect, equity and diversity are not only right, they are critical to the ongoing success of the ACTPS.  Valuing diversity and creating respectful and fair workplaces leads to increased employee engagement, heightened levels of workplace participation and innovation as a result of diverse thinking.  Our Canberra community rightfully expects increasing quality and innovative services, so the benefits of embracing respect, equity and diversity simply make sense.

The fundamental principles of respect, equity and diversity enables us to create a positive workplace culture and gives employees the opportunity to get involved, contribute and to perform to their full potential, enhancing the productivity and sustainability of our ACTPS.

Moving forward, the ACTPS is committed to sustaining the positive shifts already underway and supporting new initiatives to further improve and develop the RED Framework as a key element in promoting and supporting a diverse, inclusive and overall positive workplace."

Bronwen Overton-Clarke
Commissioner for Public Administration
April 2015

Introduction to the Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework

The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) is committed to creating a positive, respectful, supportive and fair work environment where employee differences are respected, valued and utilised to create a productive and collaborative workplace. Ensuring that all ACTPS employees, irrespective of their position, background or individual differences model the ACTPS values and general obligations of employees as described in the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act) is also core to creating a respectful and positive work culture for the ACTPS.

The RED Framework supports the ACTPS to meet its obligations under the PSM Act and supports ACTPS employees to understand expectations regarding their own and others' behaviour in the workplace. In particular, the RED Framework is aligned with the ACTPS Code of Conduct (2013) to fully integrate the ACTPS Values and Signature Behaviours into everyday work practice.

The full version of the RED Framework and accompanying documentation can be downloaded from: 

Further information on the ACTPS Employment Strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and People with Disability is available here:

Review of the Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework

In 2014, a review of the RED Framework was conducted to assess its success in promoting a values and behaviour based workplace with a positive culture. This review identified that the implementation of the RED Framework has better supported the ACTPS to identify and act upon unacceptable workplace behaviour and further develop a positive workplace culture. 

The review identified six recommendations to assist the ACTPS to move to the next iteration of its journey to embed a positive workplace culture. The implementation of these recommendations has commenced and ACTPS employees will see a reinvigoration of the RED Framework and a renewed focus on the ACTPS Employment Strategies over 2015.

The Final Report on the Review of the RED Framework is available at: