Facts, figures and visuals on survey respondent demographics

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How to read the data on this page

Don’t use this data to represent the whole public sector.

Some organisations weren’t able to take part in the 2020 survey as they were responding to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

These were:

  • 16 metropolitan and large regional health services
  • 10 other hospitals
  • Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Victoria Police

With some results, some numbers may add up to more than 100% as respondents could select more than one answer.

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Who took part in the 2020 survey


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Due to the varied representation of some industry groups in the 2020 survey, there may be bias in the results.

The under-represented industry groups in the 2020 survey are:

  • Police and emergency services
  • Public health care

The over-represented industry groups in the 2020 survey are:

  • TAFE and other education
  • Victorian Public Service
  • Water and land management

The 2020 survey results may not be a reliable indicator of employee opinions or experiences compared to surveys in other years.

The data for % of public sector workforce comes from our annual workforce data collection.

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Personal characteristics

Gender


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Age


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Diversity

Respondents from a range of backgrounds did the survey, such as:

  • 5% lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and plus (LGBTIQ+)
  • 5% with disability
  • 1% Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander


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Cultural identity and religion

Cultural identity

There was a question on cultural identity in the 2020 survey for the first time, which showed:

  • 79% identified as Australian
  • 5% identified as European
  • 4% identified as British/Irish


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Respondents who selected more than one cultural identity

Respondents could choose more than one answer for cultural identity, which showed:

  • 10% of respondents who chose Australian also identified with another group
  • 50% of Europeans and 48% of British/Irish describe themselves as Australian
  • 33% of East or South-East Asian respondents describe themselves as Australian

Of the respondents who chose Australian:

  • 3% also identified with British/Irish
  • 3% also identified with European


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Religion

The question on religion in the 2020 survey showed:

  • 52% chose no religion
  • 31% chose Christianity
  • 12% preferred not to say
  • 1% chose Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism


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Employment traits

Working arrangements: ongoing, temporary fixed-term, casual, sessional and executive contract


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Working arrangements: full-time vs part-time


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Gross base salary

In the 2020 survey, we asked respondents who work part-time to tell us their full-time annualised salary.

Some respondents who work part-time reported their annualised part-time salary instead.

That’s why our data shows a high number of respondents earning less than $45,000.


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How long respondents have been with their current employer


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Management responsibility


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Primary workplace


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Respondents with disability

The Victorian Government has a plan to increase the number of people with disability in the public sector called Getting to work.

Getting to work is Victoria’s long-term employment plan for people with disability in the public sector.

The plan supports the target set by the government of 6% representation by 2020 and 12% by 2025 in the Victorian Public Service.

Read more about Getting to work

Number of respondents who identify as a person with disability

Of all survey respondents in the 2020 survey:

  • 4.7% identified as a person with disability
  • 90.3% didn’t identify as a person with disability
  • 5% preferred not to say

 


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People with disability in the Victorian Public Service

Victorian Public Service respondents made up 31% of 2020 survey.

Of these:

  • 5.2% of identified as a person with disability

Organisations and reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments are changes a respondent may need to do the inherent requirements of their job.

For people with disability, it’s against the law to:

  • directly and indirectly discriminate against them
  • not provide reasonable adjustments for them

In the survey, we asked the 4.7% of respondents with disability about requesting reasonable adjustments.


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Experience with asking for reasonable adjustments

In the survey, we asked the respondents who requested reasonable adjustments what happened when they made that request.


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Caring responsibilities

These are respondent-reported caring responsibilities.

This shows organisations what caring responsibilities survey respondents have.

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