Facts, figures and visuals on public sector employee work locations

How to read this page

Unless stated otherwise, this workforce data shows you numbers as at June 2020.

For most visuals, we give you a break down in 3 ways:

  • Victorian Public Service (VPS): the 8 departments and 43 authorities and offices defined to be public service employers under the Public Administration Act 2004
  • Public entities: all other public sector bodies outside the VPS that have a public function
  • Overall public sector workforce: public entities and VPS combined

At the end of this page, find Excel datasets for June 2015 to June 2020.
Read more about how we define the public sector or see the full list of public sector agencies.

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Key facts

Work locations

  • 70% of the public sector workforce works in the Greater Melbourne Metro area
  • 30% of the public sector workforce works in Regional Victoria

As at June 2020, if COVID-19 directions hadn’t required employees to work at home:

  • 14.9% or 48,149 of all public sector employees would have had their normal work location in Melbourne’s CBD

Percentage of the total Victorian labour market

At June 2020, the public sector comprised:

  • 8% of Greater Metropolitan Melbourne’s labour force
  • 13% of Regional Victoria’s labour force

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Regional Victoria work location

Map of regional Victoria showing breakdown of public sector employees by region. See table below for figures.

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Greater Melbourne Metro area

Percentage of industry group’s employees located in each region

Map of metro Melbourne showing breakdown of public sector employees by region. See table below for figures.

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Data sets

This data set covers June 2015 to June 2020.

We source this data from our annual workforce and executive data collections that cover over 1800 Victorian public sector employers.

Work location

This file has the proportion of public sector employees working in each specified Victorian region by industry.

Download work location data (XLS, 24KB)

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