Workforce diversity - people from culturally diverse backgrounds

The level of cultural diversity in public authorities is measured by the number of people born in countries other than those categorised by the ABS as main English speaking (MES) countries (for example, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and United States of America).

Estimates from the ABS for 2011 indicate the proportion of Western Australia’s population from a culturally diverse background is 14.0 per cent.

Representation

The representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public sector agencies and authorities has dropped from 11.9 per cent (11 545 employees) in 2011 to 11.5 per cent (12 112 employees) in 2012.

For local government indoor workers the representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds increased from 14.6 per cent (1 259 employees) in 2010 to 19.6 per cent (1 904 employees) in 2012. Representation of outdoor workers from culturally diverse backgrounds also increased from 11.4 per cent (400 employees) in 2010 to 16 per cent (603 employees) in 2012.

The percentage of academic staff in public universities from culturally diverse backgrounds remained relatively unchanged at 25.7 per cent (1 544 employees) in 2012 compared with 25.4 per cent (1 296 employees) in 2011. The proportion of university general staff from culturally diverse backgrounds also remained relatively unchanged at 19.7 per cent (1 401) in 2012 compared with 19.9 per cent (1 316 employees) in 2011.

Representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public authorities: 2008-2012

Representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public authorities: 2008-2012

Distribution

The equity index for people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public sector agencies and authorities decreased from 134 in 2011 to 128 in 2012.

The equity index for people from culturally diverse backgrounds employed in local government authorities as indoor workers increased from 108 in 2010 to 116 in 2012. For outdoor workers the equity index increased to 108 in 2012 from 103 in 2010. The salary range for outdoor workers stops at level 6.

In public universities, the equity index for academic staff from culturally diverse backgrounds remained unchanged at 88 in 2012. The equity index for general staff from culturally diverse backgrounds increased slightly from 92 in 2011 to 93 in 2012.

Equity index for people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public authorities: 2008-2012

Equity index for people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public authorities: 2008-2012Note: In 2012 the reporting dates for local government authorities data changed from December to March in order to better match data reporting timeframes for public sector agencies and authorities and public universities. The change in reporting timeframes has resulted in an absence of local government data for the 2011 reporting year.

Employment type

For public sector agencies and authorities in 2012, permanency rates for people from culturally diverse backgrounds are 73.6 per cent compared with 67.1 per cent for all employees.

People from culturally diverse backgrounds are slightly less likely to work part-time when compared with all employees, with 23 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people from culturally diverse backgrounds working part-time compared with 30.6 per cent for all employees.

In local government authorities in 2012, people from culturally diverse backgrounds were more likely to be permanent (71.2 per cent) when compared with all employees (63.5 per cent).

People from culturally diverse backgrounds are more likely to work full-time in local government, with 63.5 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people from culturally diverse backgrounds being employed full-time in 2012, compared with 54.6 per cent for all employees.

In public universities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds are slightly more likely to be permanent (45.4 per cent) when compared with all employees (42.1 per cent).

People from culturally diverse backgrounds are less likely to work part-time when compared with all employees in public universities, with 15.3 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people from culturally diverse backgrounds working part-time in 2012, as compared to 18.7 per cent of all employees. People from culturally diverse backgrounds are less likely to be in ‘other’ employment types (21.4 per cent) when compared to all employees (29.7 per cent) in public universities.

 

Public sector agencies and authorities

Local government authorities

Public universities

Employment type

CDB

All employees

CDB

All employees

CDB

All employees

Permanent employees

73.6%

67.1%

71.2%

63.5%

45.4%

42.1%

Fixed-term employees

12.7%

15.4%

8.2%

7.2%

33.2%

28.2%

Full-time employees

63.3%

51.9%

63.5%

54.6%

63.3%

51.6%

Part-time employees

23.0%

30.6%

16.0%

16.1%

15.3%

18.7%

Other employment types (includes casual employees and trainees)

13.7%

17.5%

20.5%

29.3%

21.4%

29.7%

Note: People from culturally diverse backgrounds (CDB) refers to individuals who identify themselves as such and have responded to the voluntary diversity survey. People from culturally diverse backgrounds are included in the ‘All employees’ category.

Distribution across salary ranges - public sector agencies and authorities

People from culturally diverse backgrounds are well represented at senior levels. The number of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public sector agencies and authorities at salary ranges 7 to 10 increased from 1 763 in 2011 to 1 857 in 2012.

In 2012, of all people from culturally diverse backgrounds in public sector agencies and authorities, 14.7 per cent are at salary ranges 7 to 10 and 4.9 per cent at salary ranges 9 to 10. This compares to 10.8 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively, for all employees. Given that this group is considered a pool for future appointments to the SES, it is important that efforts are directed at maintaining representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in these salary ranges.

Distribution of people from culturally diverse backgrounds across salary ranges in public sector agencies and authorities in 2012

Distribution of people from culturally diverse backgrounds across salary ranges in public sector agencies and authorities in 2012

Public sector agencies and authorities: people from culturally diverse backgrounds in salary ranges 9-10 from 2002-2012

Public sector agencies and authorities: people from culturally diverse backgrounds in salary ranges 9-10 from 2002-2012


Page last updated 11 September 2014