Workforce diversity - people with a disability

The ABS’s 2011 Census data indicates that 4.0 per cent of the Western Australian population between 15 to 64 years of age, has a moderate core activity restriction.

Representation

The representation of people with a disability in public sector agencies and authorities has increased from 3.4 per cent (3 221 employees) in 2011, to 3.9 per cent (4 003 employees) in 2012, which is above community representation.

For local government indoor workers, the representation of people with a disability remains steady at 1.7 per cent (160 employees) in 2012. The percentage of local government outdoor workers with a disability is 3.1 per cent (116 employees) in 2012, down from 3.3 per cent (115 employees) in 2010.

The percentage of academic staff in public universities with a disability decreased slightly from 1.9 per cent (96 employees) in 2011, to 1.7 per cent (103 employees) in 2012. The proportion of university general staff with a disability also decreased from 1.7 per cent (113 employees) in 2011 to 1.3 per cent (96 employees) in 2012.

Representation of people with a disability in public authorities: 2008-2012

Representation of people with a disability 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.

Distribution

The equity index for people with a disability in public sector agencies and authorities increased from 101 in 2011 to 111 in 2012. This figure indicates that there is a good distribution for this diversity group in public sector agencies and authorities. This is also supported by the increase in people with a disability in salary levels 7 to10.

The equity index for local government indoor workers with a disability increased from 74 in 2010 to 77 in 2012. The equity index for outdoor workers with a disability decreased from 91 in 2010 to 83 in 2012.

In 2012 the equity index for public universities academic staff has decreased to 97. In 2011 the equity index was 104. The equity index for general staff decreased slightly from 77 in 2011 to 76 in 2012. It has remained relatively unchanged for five years.

Equity index for people with a disability in public authorities: 2008-2012

Note: 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 with a disability are 63.4 per cent as compared with 67.1 per cent for all employees.

People with a disability are slightly less likely to work part-time when compared to all employees, with 28.2 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people with a disability in public sector agencies and authorities working part-time in 2012, compared with 30.6 per cent for all employees.

In local government authorities in 2012, people with a disability are more likely to be permanent (74.3 per cent) when compared to all employees (63.5 per cent).

People with a disability are approximately twice as likely to work part-time in local government, with 28.6 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people with a disability employed part-time in 2012, compared to 15.2 per cent for all employees.

In public universities, people with a disability are more likely to be permanent (57.3 per cent) when compared to all employees (42.1 per cent) in 2012.

People with a disability are more likely to work part-time compared to all employees in public universities in 2012, with 28.1 per cent of permanent and fixed-term people with a disability working part-time compared to 18.7 per cent of all employees. People with a disability are less likely to be in ‘other’ employment types (16.1 per cent) when compared with all employees (29.7 per cent) in public universities.

 

Public sector agencies and authorities

Local government authorities

Public universities

Employment type

PWD

All employees

PWD

All employees

PWD

All employees

Permanent employees

63.4%

67.1%

74.3%

63.5%

57.3%

42.1%

Fixed-term employees

20.4%

15.4%

13.0%

7.2%

26.6%

28.2%

Full-time employees

55.5%

51.9%

58.7%

54.6%

55.8%

51.6%

Part-time employees

28.2%

30.6%

28.6%

16.1%

28.1%

18.7%

Other employment types (includes casual employees and trainees)

16.2%

17.5%

12.7%

29.3%

16.1%

29.7%

Note: People with a disability (PWD) refers to individuals who identify themselves as such and have responded to the voluntary diversity survey. People with a disability are included in the ‘All employees’ category.

Distribution across salary ranges - public sector agencies and authorities

The number of people with a disability in public sector agencies and authorities at salary ranges 7 to 10 increased from 426 in 2011 to 576 in 2012.

In 2012, of all people with a disability in public sector agencies and authorities, 12.9 per cent are at salary ranges 7 to10 and 3.3 per cent at salary ranges 9 to10. This compares with 10.8 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively, for all employees. The representation of people with a disability in salary ranges 9 to 10 has generally shown an upward trend over the past 10 years (3.3 per cent in 2012 compared with 1.1 per cent in 2002).

 

Distribution of people with a disability across salary ranges in public sector agencies and authorities in 2012

Distribution of people with a disability across salary ranges in public sector agencies and authorities in 2012

Public sector agencies and authorities: people with a disability in salary ranges 9-10 from 2002-2012

Public sector agencies and authorities: people with a disability in salary ranges 9-10 from 2002-2012


Page last updated 11 September 2014