Diversity

Last updated: 26 Sep 2017

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The proportion of Indigenous employees and those from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) compare favourably to the previous decade.

The proportion of of employees with disability is consistent with a decade ago but has recovered from a low point in 2012–13.

Note: diversity rates are based on voluntary self reporting and may not reflect total numbers.

  • Indigenous representation has increased over the last five years and is moving toward the APS contribution to the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander target of 3.8% by 2018.
  • The combined proportion of employees from non-English speaking backgrounds has increased from 12.7% in 2007 and is consistent with the rate in 2012 of 14.2%.

Infographic: Indigenous rates of employmentInfographic: Disability rates of employmentInfographic: Non-English speaking background rates of employment

Indigenous representation

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees has increased since 2012, surpassing the Indigenous employment strategy 2012–16 target of 2.7% by 2015 (2.8% achieved) and moving to the current Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy target of 3% by 2018, of which the required APS contribution is 3.8% (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1: Headcount and percentage of Indigenous employees in the APS by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Line graph showing number of Indigenous employees from 2007 to 2017 with supporting table underneath showing percentage of total APS

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b

Employees with disability

The proportion of employees with disability has increased from a low point in 2013 of 3.2% to 3.6% in 2017. This was the same as the previous year and the proportion of employees with disability in 2007.

Figure 4.2: Headcount and percentage of APS employees with a disability by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Line graph showing number of employees with a disability from 2007 to 2017 with supporting table underneath showing percentage of total APS

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b

Employees from non-English speaking backgrounds

The attribution NESB captures information about first language spoken, place of birth and parents’ language. NESB 1 refers to people born overseas who arrived in Australia after the age of five and whose first language was not English, and NESB 2 refers to the children of migrants (see Appendix 2 for more details). The combined proportion of employees from NESB has been above 14% since 2011 Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.3: Headcount and percentage of employees from non-English speaking backgrounds in the APS by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Line graph showing number of employees from non English speaking backgrounds from 2007 to 2017 with supporting table underneath showing percentage of total APS

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b