Appendix A – Legislative framework for public authorities

The EO Act provides for a shared accountability by the DEOPE and public authorities in achieving diversity outcomes.

To achieve the objects of Part IX of the EO Act, public authorities are required to prepare and implement an EEO management plan as outlined in s. 145 of the EO Act. Meeting the requirements of the Act may be achieved through a standalone EEO management plan or a workforce and diversity plan.

EEO management plans are a key tool in guiding the absence of discrimination in employment and promoting equal opportunity for all persons. In accordance with the

EO Act, the plans must include the following provisions:

  • a process for the development of EEO policies and programs
  • strategies to communicate the EEO policies and programs
  • strategies to evaluate the EEO policies and programs
  • methods for the collection and recording of EEO data
  • processes for the review of personnel practices to identify any discriminatory practices
  • goals and targets to determine the success of the EEO management plan
  • a process to review and amend the EEO management plan
  • the delegation of implementation, monitoring and review responsibilities.

All public authorities are to provide copies of their EEO management plans, and any amendments of their plans, to the DEOPE.

In addition, s. 146 of the EO Act outlines the requirement for public authorities to report annually to the DEOPE. This is generally met by the provision of workforce data to the DEOPE each year.

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Appendix B – Public authorities reporting to the DEOPE

Public sector entities

Public sector entities as at 30 June 2014

Animal Resources Authority

Corruption and Crime Commission

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Architects Board of Western Australia

Country High School Hostels Authority

Department of Fisheries

Art Gallery of WA

Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Department of Health

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Department of Housing

Burswood Park Board

Department of Agriculture and Food

Department of Lands

C Y O'Connor Institute

Department of Commerce

Department of Local Government and Communities

Central Institute of Technology

Department of Corrective Services

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Challenger Institute of Technology

Department of Culture and the Arts

Department of Parks and Wildlife

Chemistry Centre (WA)

Department of Education

Department of Planning

Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Department of Education Services

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

Commissioner of Main Roads

Department of Environment Regulation

Department of Regional Development

Construction Training Fund

Department of Finance

Department of Sport and Recreation

Department of State Development

Goldfields Institute of Technology

Legal Practice Board

Department of the Attorney General

Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

Lotterywest (Lotteries Commission)

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB)

Mental Health Commission

Department of the Registrar Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Great Southern Development Commission

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Department of Training and Workforce Development

Great Southern Institute of Technology

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Department of Transport

Health and Disability Services Complaints Office

Mid West Development Commission

Department of Treasury

Healthway (Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation)

Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia

Department of Water

Insurance Commission of Western Australia

Office of the Auditor General

Disability Services Commission

Keep Australia Beautiful Council (W.A.)

Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People

Drug and Alcohol Office

Kimberley Development Commission

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Durack Institute of Technology

Kimberley Training Institute

Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Economic Regulation Authority

Landgate (Western Australian Land Information Authority)

Office of the Information Commissioner

Forest Products Commission

Law Reform Commission of Western Australia

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Gascoyne Development Commission

Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia

Ombudsman (Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations)

Peel Development Commission

School Curriculum and Standards Authority

West Coast Institute of Training

Perth Market Authority

Small Business Development Corporation

Western Australian Electoral Commission

Perth Theatre Trust

South West Development Commission

Western Australian Meat Industry Authority

Pilbara Development Commission

South West Institute of Technology

Western Australian Tourism Commission

Pilbara Institute

State Heritage Office

Western Australia Police

Polytechnic West

Swan River Trust

Wheatbelt Development Commission

Potato Marketing Corporation of Western Australia

The Library Board of WA

WorkCover Western Australia Authority

Public Sector Commission

The National Trust of Australia (W.A.)

Zoological Parks Authority

Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

VenuesWest (Western Australian Sports Centre Trust)


Rottnest Island Authority

Veterinary Surgeons' Board


Salaries and Allowances Tribunal

WA Museum


Non-public sector authorities


A list of all LGAs is on the Department of Local Government and Communities website at Please note that the Shire of Christmas Island and the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands are not required to report to the DEOPE under the EO Act.

Public universities

Public universities as at 30 March 2014

Curtin University of Technology

Murdoch University

Edith Cowan University

The University of Western Australia

Other authorities (including government trading enterprises, the Police Force and electorate offices)

Other authorities as at 30 June 2014

Albany Port Authority

Fremantle Port Authority

The Independent Market Operator

Broome Port Authority

Geraldton Port Authority

The Regional Power Corporation (Horizon Power)

Bunbury Port Authority

Gold Corporation

Water Corporation

Bunbury Water Board

Police Force

Western Australian Greyhound Racing Association

Busselton Water Board

Port Hedland Port Authority

Western Australian Land Authority

Dampier Port Authority

Racing and Wagering

Western Australia

Western Australian Treasury Corporation

Electorate offices

The Electricity Networks Corporation (Western Power)


Esperance Port Authority

The Electricity Retail Corporation (Synergy)


Independent authorities reported by larger authorities

For the purposes of EEO reporting, some public authorities are covered by the EEO management plans and processes of larger authorities. For example:

  • Office of the Public Advocate and Public Trustee's Office provide data through DotAG
  • State Supply Commission is reported through the Department of Finance
  • Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia is reported through the Department of Education Services
  • Liquor Commission and Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal are reported through the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

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Appendix C – Glossary

Aboriginal Australians

Term respectfully used in this report to refer to persons of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identify as such and are accepted as such by the community in which they live.


Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Academic staff

A person who is employed by a public university as an academic member of staff.


Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment.

Distribution (equity index)

The equity index determines the distribution of a diversity group across salary levels. The ideal index is 100, with an index of less than 100 indicating that a diversity group is concentrated at lower salary levels.


Equal employment opportunity.

EO Act

Western Australia's Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

One FTE is one person paid for a full-time position. FTE totals include all current employees except board members (unless they are on a public authority's payroll); trainees engaged through any traineeship program, award or agreement; and casuals who were not paid in the final pay period for the financial year. FTE calculations do not include any time that is not ordinary time paid such as overtime and flex-time.

General staff

A person who is employed by a public university as a non-academic member of staff.


Number of employees directly employed by a public authority at a point in time, regardless of employment type.

Indoor workers

Staff in LGAs who are generally office based.

Management tiers

Linked to decision making responsibility rather than salaries.

Tier 1: Directs and is responsible for the public authority, as well as its development as a whole. Has ultimate control of, and responsibility for, the upper layers of management. Typical titles include Director General, Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, Executive Director and Commissioner.

Tier 2: Reports to tier 1. Assists tier 1 by implementing organisational plans. Is directly responsible for leading and directing the work of other managers of functional departments. May be responsible for managing professional and specialist employees. Does not include professional and graduate staff, such as engineers, medical practitioners and accountants, unless they have a primary management function.

Tier 3: Reports to tier 2. Formulates policies and plans for areas of control. Manages a budget and employees. Does not include professional and graduate staff, such as engineers, medical practitioners and accountants, unless they have a primary management function.

Mature workers

For data collected by the Commission, 'mature workers' includes all employees aged

45 years and over, not just between 45 and 64 years.

Outdoor workers

Staff in LGAs who generally work outdoors.

People from culturally diverse backgrounds

People who are born in countries other than the below, which have been categorised by the ABS as mainly English speaking countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  • Wales.

People with disability

People who have an ongoing disability and employment restriction that requires:

  • modified hours of work or time schedules
  • adaptations to the workplace or work area
  • specialised equipment
  • extra time for mobility or for some tasks
  • ongoing assistance or supervision to carry out their duties.


Number of employees who self-identify as belonging to a diversity group, expressed as a proportion of the number of responses to voluntary diversity questionnaires, which have been administered by public authorities.


Senior Executive Service. Generally comprises positions classified at PSGOGA equivalent Level 9 or above, with specific management and/or policy responsibilities.

Women in management

Women in management refers to the representation of women in the top three management tiers, and includes the SES in public sector entities.


For data collected by the Commission, 'youth' includes all employees aged less than

25 years, not just those between 15 and 24 years.

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Appendix D – References

Interjurisdictional data sources

Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate 2013, State of the service report – ACT public service 2012–2013, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Public Service Commission 2013, State of the service report 2012–13, viewed 8 July 2014,

New South Wales Public Service Commission 2013, Workforce profile report 2013, viewed 8 July 2014,

Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment Northern Territory 2013, State of the service report 2012–2013, viewed 8 July 2014,

Office of Public Employment and Review South Australia 2013, 2013 South Australian workforce information summary tables, viewed 8 July 2014,

Office of the State Service Commissioner Tasmania 2013, The Tasmanian State Service annual report 2012-13, viewed 8 July 2014,

Queensland Public Service Commission 2013, Queensland public service workforce characteristics, viewed 8 July 2014,

State Services Authority Victoria 2013, The state of the public sector in Victoria 2012–2013, viewed 8 July 2014,

Other sources

Australia and New Zealand School of Government's Institute for Governance 2013, Not yet 50/50: Barriers to the progress of senior women in the Australian Public Service, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014, 'Women's participation in the labour force lower than men's', media release, viewed 2 September 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013, 2002.0 – Census of population and housing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (Indigenous) profile, 2011 third release, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012, 2011 Census of population and housing, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006, 4102.0 – Australian social trends, 2006, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005, 2005 Yearbook, viewed 8 July 2014,

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005, 4905.0.55.001 – Mature age persons statistical profile: Living arrangements, Feb 2005, viewed 8 July 2014,

Council of Australian Governments 2012, National disability agreement, viewed 8 July 2014,

Council of Australian Governments 2009, National partnership agreement on Indigenous economic participation, viewed 8 July 2014,

Department of Local Government and Communities 2014, Being board ready: a guide for women, viewed 8 July 2014,

Department of Training and Workforce Development 2013, A revision of Skilling WA – a workforce development plan for Western Australia, Discussion paper 1: Participation in the Western Australian workforce, viewed 8 July 2014,

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency 2012, 2012 Australian census of women in leadership, viewed 8 July 2014,

Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 'Behind the gender pay gap', viewed 4 September 2014,

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