SBS network reveals increased commitment to diversity and inclusion

  • 22 February 2022

SBS has revealed an increased commitment to reflecting and exploring diversity on and off screen, to give more opportunities to people with different backgrounds and experiences.

The network has released SBS Commissioning Equity & Inclusion Guidelines to build on multicultural and multilingual content reporting each year, plus its investments in initiatives that provide pathways for those underrepresented in the sector.

Within the guidelines, the network commits to increased representation of people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, First Nations, people with disability, LGBTQI+, and women, in roles on and off screen.

Representation will be targeted across documentaries, drama, entertainment and food programming.

“We believe the Australian screen sector can be lifted to even greater heights when everyone who wants to participate has equal opportunity to succeed,” said SBS Managing Director, James Taylor.

“It takes deliberate focus, leadership and accountability to continue to improve and drive ongoing change, and that’s why our commissioning guidelines are the most ambitious, nuanced and comprehensive in our industry.

“They also demonstrate our commitment to audiences: as Australia grows more diverse, all Australians will continue to recognise themselves and their communities on SBS.”

The Commissioning Equity & Inclusion Guidelines are part of the SBS 2022-2024 Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Strategy.

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