Workforce diversity - demographics

Data collection

The DEOPE analyses demographic data on the representation and distribution of employees from diversity groups at all levels of public employment. The demographic data allows the DEOPE to assess the effectiveness of workforce and diversity plans in public authorities. In 2011/12, the DEOPE received annual demographic data from:

  • 126 public sector agencies and authorities (collected through WACA as at 30 June 2012)
  • 140 local government authorities (collected as at 31 March 2012)
  • four public universities (collected as at 31 March 2012).

For a list of all public authorities that reported during 2011/12 refer to Appendix 4 - public sector agencies and authorities, local government authorities and public universities reported during 2011/12.

The chart below provides a breakdown of public authorities and employees in 2011/12.

A breakdown of public authorities and employees in 2011/12

For complete workforce demographic data for public sector agencies and authorities, local government authorities and public universities, refer to Appendix 5 - public sector agencies and authorities workforce demographics, Appendix 6 - local government authorities workforce demographics and Appendix 7 - public universities workforce demographics.

For reporting purposes, diversity groups include:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • people with a disability
  • people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • women in management
  • youth and mature workers.

Representation

Representation (expressed as a percentage) is based on the number of individuals who identify themselves as belonging to a diversity group, as a proportion of the workforce who responded to the agency diversity survey. Diversity surveying is managed by public authorities (including public sector agencies, local government authorities and public universities).

Distribution

Equity is determined by the distribution of each diversity group at all levels of the workforce and is measured using the equity index. The ideal equity index is 100. An equity index less than 100 indicates the diversity group is concentrated at the lower salary ranges. An equity index more than 100 indicates the diversity group is concentrated at the higher salary ranges.

Employment type

Employment type describes the employment status of employees, across diversity groups in public sector agencies and authorities, local government authorities and public universities. Employment types include:

  • permanent
  • fixed-term
  • full-time
  • part-time
  • other (incorporating casual and sessional employees as well as trainees).

For a full description of employment type and how representation and distribution are measured, refer to Appendix 8 - glossary and definitions of this report.


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