We run the survey to support public sector organisations to build positive workplace cultures that operate consistent with the public sector values.

Organisations use the results to improve the working environment for their employees.

Timing of the survey

To date, 66,223 employees from 166 organisations have taken part in the People matter survey in 2023.

Results from the survey were given to organisations in late July.

The Commission intends to publicly release organisation-level results on its website in early 2024.

Organisation participation

All eligible public sector organisations are expected to take part in the 2023 survey.

Greater organisation participation improves the consistency of data collection across the public sector and enables annual reporting that is more representative of the public sector.

Increasing the number of participating organisations from across the public sector supports accountability across the government.

Individual participation

The survey is optional for individuals, however employees are encouraged to have their say to provide feedback on their workplace experience.

The more people who take part in the survey, the greater the understanding of an organisation’s workplace culture, wellbeing and engagement.

How the People matter survey contributes to a safe and inclusive workplace

In the survey you’re asked a range of demographic questions about yourself, such as your age, gender and cultural background. These questions are designed to gather information about our workforce to help us foster diversity and inclusion across the Victorian public sector.

This can include how we support equal opportunity, reduce discrimination and promote fairer recruitment.

Your information helps your organisation understand what an inclusive workplace looks like to you.

When our workforce is inclusive and reflective of the Victorian community, government services work better for everybody.

What’s different in 2023

Gender equality

The Victorian Public Sector Commission again partners with the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector (CGEPS) offer a survey to help organisations meet their Gender Equality Act 2020 audit and reporting requirements.

You can find more details on complying with the Gender Equality Act on the CGEPS website.

Where to get help

People matter survey for public sector organisations

Contact us at people.matter@vpsc.vic.gov.au

People matter survey for local government

If you’re taking part in the People matter survey for local government, email the Gender Equality Commission at enquiries@genderequalitycomission.vic.gov.au.