Facts, visuals and data on employee work status, gender and age

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Key facts

Overall public sector workforce employees

  • 42.6 years is the average age
  • 68% are women
  • 0.8% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • 68% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Victorian Public Service employees

  • 42.5 years is the average age
  • 59% are women
  • 1.2% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

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Employee age

Distribution of employees by age

Distribution by age over time

Since June 2006, there has been a shift in the age profile of the overall public sector workforce.

At June 2006, the percentage of employees:

  • peaked in the 45 to 49 and 50 to 54 age ranges
  • were lowest in the under 25 and 60 or older age ranges.

By 2016 the workforce age profile was more evenly distributed, with around 12% of the workforce in each age range between 25 and 60.

Since then:

  • the percentage of employees peaked in the 30 to 39 age range
  • the percentage of employees aged 25 to 39 and over 60 rose
  • the percentage of employees aged 45 to 54 fell.

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Employee gender

Gender of overall public sector workforce vs Victorian labour force

Women employees by industry group, June 2016 and June 2021

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees

Aboriginal identity of overall public sector workforce vs Victorian population

The percentage of employees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:

  • 0.8% overall public sector workforce
  • 0.9% of the Victorian population.

Data sources:

Aboriginal identity of employees by industry group

Data sources:

  • Victorian Public Service and government schools: Workforce data collection 2021
  • all other industry groups estimates: People Matter Survey 2021.

Number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Victorian Public Service employees, by VPS grade

Number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Victorian Public Service employees, by occupation classification

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Education, bachelor’s degree or higher

Overall public sector workforce vs Victorian population aged 15 to 74 

Percentage of employees with a bachelor’s degree or higher:

  • 68% overall public sector workforce
  • 35% Victorian population aged 15 – 74

This data was calculated by combining the number of teachers in government schools with data from the People Matter Survey 2021.

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Employee diversity

We’ll publish employee diversity data in early 2022.

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Data set

This data set covers June 2016 to June 2021.

We source this data from our annual workforce and executive data collections that cover over 1,800 Victorian public sector employers.

Age profile

This file has the following age profile measures for Victorian public sector employees by gender and industry group:

  • average age
  • median age
  • headcount by age group.

Download age profile data set (XLSX, 89kb)

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