Aboriginal Aust​rali​ans

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

Academic st​aff

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

Authorit​y and public authority

The terms ‘authority’ and ‘public authority’ are defined at Section 138 and 139(9) of the EO Act respectively.

Distribution (‘equi​ty index’)

The ‘equity index’ determines the distribution of a diversity group across salary bands. 

The ideal index is 100, with an index of less than 100 indicating that a diversity group is concentrated at lower salary bands. An equity index greater than 100 indicates the group is concentrated at the higher salary bands.

Full-time eq​uivalent (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 staf​f

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


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

Indoor w​orkers

Staff in local governments who are generally office-based.

Manage​ment tiers

Linked to decision-making responsibility, rather than salaries.

Tier ​1

  • Directs and is responsible for the public authority, and 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.

Ti​er 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 special employees. 
  • Does not include professional and graduate staff, such as engineers, medical practitioners and accountants unless they have a primary management function.

T​ier 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.

Outdo​or workers

Staff in local governments who generally work outdoors.

People ​from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD)

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 Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Wales

People with disabili​ty 

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 sec​tor

The term ‘public sector’ is defined by Section 3 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.


Representation (expressed as a percentage) is based on the number of individuals who identify themselves as belonging to a diversity group as a proportion of the workforce who responded to a diversity survey (EEO survey or HRMOIR). 


Senior Executive Service generally comprises positions classified at Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement 2014 (PSGOGA) Level 9 or above, with specific management and/or policy responsibilities.

Women in m​anagement

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


Shortene​d forms


Culturally and linguistically diverse


Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment


Equal Employment Opportunity

EO A​ct

Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)


Employee perception survey


Human resource minimum obligatory information requirement


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex


Public sector entity survey


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Page last updated 14 September 2017