Workforce diversity - composite equity index

In 2005/06, a single equity measure called the composite equity index (CEI) was developed and reported for the first time. The CEI combines data on the representation and distribution of each of the four main diversity groups; Indigenous Australians, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and women.

The CEI measures the extent to which members of the main diversity groups are distributed across salary levels. An ideal CEI is 100. Under-participation of any group or clustering of a diversity group in lower salary ranges, will result in a CEI of less than 100. Over representation or clustering of a diversity group in higher salary ranges will result in a CEI more than 100.

In 2012, the CEI for Western Australian public sector agencies and authorities has increased to 96.1, up from 94.6 in 2011. Refer to Appendix 9 - public sector agencies and authorities - composite equity index, equity index and representation by diversity group for 2011/12, and Appendix 10 - public universities - composite equity index, equity index and representation by diversity group for 2011/12.

Composite equity index for public sector agencies and authorities: 2008-2012

Composite equity index for public sector agencies and authorities: 2008-2012

Note: The CEI has been calculated using the 2011 diversity objectives set out in Equity and Diversity Plan for the Public Sector Workforce 2006-2010. These objectives are 14 per cent for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, 3.2 per cent for Indigenous Australians and 3.5 per cent for people with a disability.


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