Diversity and Inclusiveness

Opening our eyes through blind recruitment, The Treasury

To mitigate against unconscious bias in its graduate recruitment process, the Treasury adopted a new approach to appeal to, and attract, a wider range of potential applicants.This included blind applications to avoid bias towards a candidate, asking broader questions, valuing people with a wider range of qualifications and experience and community connections.

Today, Treasury's graduate intake is now far more diverse.A little over one third identified as solely NZ European, with a number having lived overseas and qualifications ranging from Maori studies to languages.There was recognition that economic capability - the historic focus of its recruitment -€“ does not always require an economics qualification.

This greater diversity of talent promises to make the Treasury a more robust, accessible and innovative government agency.