17 September 2021 16:56

Does Australian Defence Force need to attract more multicultural talent to help them succeed?

Flight Lieutenant Soumya ‘Sam’ Chowdhury was born and raised in India and moved to Australia in 2007.

“Growing up in India has shaped my perspective and attitude to others.”

Flight Lieutenant Chowdhury is posted as an electrical engineer at the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA).

The DASA is responsible for enhancing and promoting the safety of military aviation.

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Flight Lieutenant Chowdhury works with people across Air Force and Defence in his daily work.

He told Defence News that he has always been encouraged to listen to others.

“When you hire people from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures, you’re bringing a fresh array of perspectives to the table. This can lead to benefits like better problem-solving and increased productivity.”

According to Australian Defence News, more than 25 per cent of the Air Force workforce identifies as being from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background.

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Flight Lieutenant Chowdhury says that it is important to use these varied experiences to help Air Force succeed.

“I think it is important to have a diverse workforce in Air Force as diversity helps us recognise and respect ways of being that may be different to our own. People from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences to our Air Force.”

Australian Defence forces offer roles across a variety of disciplines and professions.

It welcomes applications from all Australians as its selection processes are free from cultural, racial and gender bias.

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