Public Sector Unearthed – EP#2: Jayden Swain’s passion for diversity and inclusion

In this second episode of the Public Sector Unearthed series, we’re joined by Jayden Swain, a dedicated diversity and inclusion advisor at Austrade. Having grown up in a small town, Jayden’s journey into the diversity and inclusion space was motivated by his passion for First Nations justice and education, and inspired by his grandparents, who were pillars of his local Indigenous community.

Jayden tells us about the importance of authenticity and leading by example. He also shares the guiding philosophy for his team at Austrade, which is “aim to be 1 per cent better every day”. Through both minor policy adjustments and initiatives like ‘Wear it Purple Day’, Jayden’s team influences not only the internal dynamics of Austrade but also resonates on a global scale, nudging the world toward greater inclusivity, one connection at a time.

This episode’s Unearthed wisdom: Small actions can have a significant impact on making workplaces more inclusive. Strive to be 1 per cent better every day.


Jayden Swain

Jayden Swain is a passionate Gamilaraay man committed to advocating for social justice issues, particularly those affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He transitioned from a small town upbringing to a law career in the city and now serves as an Adviser in Diversity and Inclusion at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. In his role, Jayden works tirelessly to promote equity and inclusion across diverse groups.

When not working, Jayden enjoys writing and indulging in the immersive experiences of video games, TV shows, and movies.