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Workforce profile 2016/17

121 employees at the Public Sector Commission 

115.24 full-time equivalent (FTE)
  Representation (%)
Groups Commission

Public sector


Aboriginal Australians



People with disability



Women in management



People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD)



People 24 and under



People 45 and over




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Supporting diversity

The Commission has a culture of inclusion, it values diversity and fosters equity in its workforce.

This year, we created an internal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) reference group to develop and implement our inaugural ‘Reflect’ RAP. Our RAP, which was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, supports the Commission’s Aboriginal talent identification and development initiatives.

Employment may be complex for employees with disability. To support our employees and increase awareness, during the year we focused on Autism, with 39 employees attending Autism awareness training. A further 15 employees attended disability awareness training.

The Commission also became an ‘ALLY’ organisation during the year to promote diversity and inclusion and the increased visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Other strategies we employed during the reporting period to provide equitable and inclusive access to people with disability, are detailed under the ‘Other legal and policy requirements’ section.

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Developing our talent

Our people are central to achieving our strategic and operational outcomes. We strive to build and maintain a capable, informed and adaptive workforce through the following initiatives.

Performance management

Performance discussions define expectations, provide feedback on performance, and identify relevant development opportunities for staff. This year, 77 per cent of staff were actively engaged in performance development discussions, an increase of 7 percentage points from 2015/16.

Professional development

To build the capability of our workforce, we facilitated a nationally recognised internal auditor course for 14 employees, and a project management course for 19 employees. We also continued to build our internal capacity to undertake workplace investigations by providing the Certificate IV in Government (Investigation) to one employee. Since 2014, 18 employees have attained this qualification.

Graduate development program

Two university graduates were recruited as part of our annual Graduate development program, providing them with structured learning to develop core capabilities to work in the public sector. We currently have 11 permanent employees who commenced their career through the graduate program.


We recognise the contribution of trainees and support initiatives to help young people begin building their career in the sector. In 2016/17, five of the 43 trainees undertook placements at the Commission including two school-based trainees,  one school-based trainee with disability, one full-time trainee and one full-time Aboriginal trainee. On successful completion of their traineeship, employees receive a nationally recognised qualification. We currently have five permanent employees who commenced their career through one of our traineeship programs.

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