Appendix E - Employee perception survey

The employee perception survey (EPS) evaluates and reports on public sector employee views about management and administration, ethical behaviour, equity and diversity, and public interest disclosure.

Typically, the EPS is conducted in each public sector entity with more than 20 employees once every five years. Different regional areas of the largest agencies, Department of Health and Department of Education, are surveyed every year.

Between March and August 2013, 17 entities, out of a possible 85 (with more than 20 employees), completed the survey (including two regional areas from the Department of Health and one from the Department of Education). The average response rate to the survey was 38%.

To improve the representativeness of the sample, entities were selected across a range of sizes and portfolios. However, care should be taken in interpreting the EPS results because the sample may not be entirely representative of the broader public sector.

Table E.1 provides a comparison of the demographics of the 2013 EPS respondents with those of the wider public sector.1 Compared with the sector, the EPS respondents were more likely to be male and working in a regional location.

Table E.1 Comparison of EPS respondents and WA public sector employees, 2013
   

EPS respondents (%)

WA public sector (%)

Gender

Men

38

28

Women

62

72

Region

Metropolitan

63

76

Regional

37

24

Age (years)

Under 30

11

14

30 - 49

46

47

50 - 64

40

35

65 and over

3

4

Table E.2 provides a list of the entities that completed the EPS in 2013 and their individual response rates.

Table E.2 EPS response rates for entities, 2013

Participating entity

Surveys distributed

Surveys returned

Response rate (%)

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

318

82

26

Department of Agriculture and Food

1235

653

53

Department of Education - Midwest Region

1659

355

21

Department of Fisheries

560

212

38

Department of Health - Western Australia Country Health Service - Great Southern

1870

356

19

Department of Health - Western Australia Country Health Service - Midwest

1727

370

21

Department of Sport and Recreation

202

132

65

Department of the Attorney General

1645

806

49

Durack Institute of Technology

229

135

59

Forest Products Commission

165

107

65

Great Southern Institute of Technology

211

119

56

Insurance Commission of Western Australia

350

173

49

Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia

324

134

41

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

106

68

64

Polytechnic West

1139

473

42

Western Australia Police Service (unsworn)

1900

979

52

Western Australian Tourism Commission

94

53

56

Total

13734

5207

38

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1 Source: Human resource minimum obligatory information requirement (HRMOIR) workforce data as at 30 June 2013.


Appendix D - Structure of the government sector

Appendix F - Directed inquiries

 


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