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

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Key facts

Overall public sector workforce

  • 74% are employed on an ongoing basis
  • 19% are employed fixed-term
  • 7% are employed casually
  • 44% work part-time
  • 62% use a flexible work arrangement.

Victorian Public Service

  • 71% are employed on an ongoing basis
  • 27% are employed fixed-term
  • 2% are employed casually
  • 14% work part-time
  • 64% use a flexible work arrangement.

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Employment arrangements

Ongoing, fixed-term and casual employment by industry group

Overall public sector

  • fixed-term employees rose by 11,779 or 21.5% (headcount)
  • fixed-term employees represent 19.1% of employees, a rise from 17% at June 2020
  • ongoing employees rose by 9,261 or 3.7%
  • ongoing employees represent 74.2% of employees, a fall from 76.7% at June 2020.

More fixed-term employees were required to manage the impacts of COVID-19 and to meet increased demand in:

  • the Victorian Public Service
  • government schools
  • public healthcare
  • creative industries, finance, transport and others, in particular the Victorian Workcover Authority and VicRoads.

Victorian Public Service

  • fixed-term employees rose by 6,359 or 66.4% (headcount)
  • fixed-term employees represent 27.3% of employees, a rise from 19.2% at June 2020
  • ongoing employees rose by 2,019 or 5.1%
  • ongoing employees represent 71.2% of employees, a fall from 79.1% at June 2020.

More fixed-term employees were needed to manage the impacts of COVID-19 and to support COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria.

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Full-time and part-time employment by industry group

Changes in part-time employment:

  • 68.3% of healthcare employees work part-time up from 66.6% at June 2020
  • 14.2% of Victorian Public Service employees work part-time down from 15.7% at June 2020
  • the overall number of part-time Victorian Public Service employees rose but most new employees work full-time.

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Flexible work

Data on the type of flexible work arrangements employees use was collected in the People matter survey 2021.

For data on flexible work see Organisation climate and support.

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Employee numbers by VPS grade

The VPS grade classification structure is established under the VPS Enterprise Agreement 2020 and used across Victorian Public Service agencies.

VPS grades are based on the requirements of the job.

Around 76% of Victorian Public Service employees are employed under this structure.

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Victorian Public Service employees by occupational classification

Occupation classifications are established under the VPS Enterprise Agreement 2020 and 4 other enterprise agreements that cover specific employee groups.

Around 24% of Victorian Public Service employees are employed in these occupation classifications.

People are assigned to an occupation based on the type of work they do.

Public entity occupations

These are the major occupational groups across public entities.


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Data set for this topic

This data set covers June 2015 to June 2021.

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

Employment status: ongoing, fixed-term and casual employment

This file has Victorian public sector employment type numbers, by:

  • industry group
  • gender
  • age cohort
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity.

Download employment status ongoing, fixed-term and casual employment data set (XLSX, 89kb)

Full-time and part-time employment

This file has Victorian public sector full-time or part-time numbers, by:

  • industry group
  • gender
  • age cohort
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity.

Download part-time employment data set (XLSX, 52kb)

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