Why have we conducted this survey?

State Services Commission (SSC) and the Cross-Agency Rainbow Network (CARN) identified a lack of available workforce data about the New Zealand public service rainbow community. Without this data it’s hard for people to get a sense of being counted and know that they matter.

The WeCount 2019 survey was developed to address this issue and to explore the often-invisible barriers to inclusion faced by rainbow public servants. We want this to start or further discussions on how to best support our public service rainbow community.

“…I appreciate this survey being conducted and the respectful use of language surrounding gender and the inclusion of bisexual, pansexual and asexual”

We recognise that as New Zealand’s public service, we need to value, reflect and understand the communities we serve. Having a more diverse workforce leads to better outcomes for the people served by the public service.

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