Appendix C: Glossary

Aboriginal Australians

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identify as such and are accepted as such by the community in which they live.

Academic staff

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

Authority and public authority

The term 'authority' is defined by section 138 of the EO Act and the term 'public authority' is defined by section 139(3) of the EO Act.

DEOPE

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.

EEO

Equal employment opportunity.

EO Act

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 sector authority 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.

Headcount

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

Indoor workers

Staff in local government authorities 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 overall development. 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: Tier 2 reports to Tier 1 and 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: Tier 3 reports to Tier 2 and 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.

Outdoor workers

Staff in local government authorities who generally work outdoors.

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

People born in countries other than those below, which have been categorised by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as mainly English speaking countries as follows:

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

People with disability

People with ongoing disability who have an employment restriction that requires any of the following:

  • 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.

Public authority and authority

The term 'public authority' is defined by section 139(3) of the EO Act and the term 'authority' is defined by section 138 of the EO Act.

Public sector

The term 'public sector' is defined by section 3 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

Representation

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.

SES

Senior Executive Service generally comprises positions classified at Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement 2014 (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.


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