Blind CVs for public service under Labor

People applying for public service jobs would have nameless applications under Labor to boost gender equality.

The measure would apply to first-round applicants vying for Australian Public Service jobs if the opposition wins government at Saturday’s election.

Labor leader Bill Shorten told a class of year 11 and 12 students at St Joseph College – a girls’ school at Gosford on the NSW central coast – about the move.

“In the Commonwealth Public Service, we’re going to have gender-neutral CVs,” he said on Monday.

Experience and education would remain on nameless resumes.

“We just got to start eliminating what I call to be unconscious bias,” Mr Shorten said.

In 2017, the public service paused a “blind recruitment” trial after a major study found it led to less diversity.

Mr Shorten was responding to a student who asked him what he would do to ensure women in his parliamentary team were embraced.


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