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Appendix 5: Unscheduled absence

The APSC remains committed to managing workplace absence and collects data from APS agencies on personal and miscellaneous leave use. This appendix reports on unscheduled absence.

The unscheduled absence rate has remained relatively stable over the last five years (Table A5.1).

Table A5.1: Unscheduled absence, 2014–15 to 2018–19

Year

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

2018–19

Rate (days)

11.6

11.5

11.4

11.4

11.4

 

Table A5.2 shows unscheduled absence rate by agency size 2018-19. The unscheduled absence rate by agency size has remained relatively stable from 2017-18.

Table A5.2: Unscheduled absence by agency size, 2017–18 and 2018–19

Agency size

Unscheduled absence
2017–18 (days)

Unscheduled absence
2018–19 (days)

Small agencies

10.5

10.7

Medium agencies

11.9

11.6

Large agencies

12.5

12.7

Overall APS

11.4

11.4

Table A5.3 provides personal and miscellaneous leave use and unscheduled absence data by individual agency.

Table A5.3: Sick leave, carer’s leave miscellaneous leave and unscheduled absence rate by agency, 2018–19 and 2017–18 (expressed as average number of days)

Agency name

Sick leave 2018–19

Carer's leave 2018–19

Miscellaneous leave 2018–19

Total unscheduled absence rate 2018–19

Total unscheduled absence rate 2017–18

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

12.3

1.4

0.5

14.2

13.9

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

8.7

1.8

2.9

13.5

13.8

Agriculture

11.5

2.7

0.4

14.5

14.0

Attorney-General's

8.6

2.2

0.3

11.1

9.5

Australian Building and Construction Commission

9.1

1.8

0.2

11.1

10.4

Australian Bureau of Statistics

9.0

2.4

0.5

12.0

12.3

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

5.7

2.1

0.2

8.1

9.2

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

4.8

1.9

0.0

6.8

10.2

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

9.2

1.6

0.3

11.2

8.4

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

9.9

3.2

0.7

13.8

12.8

Australian Communications and Media Authority

9.6

2.5

0.4

12.4

11.2

Australian Competition Consumer Commission

7.0

1.7

0.4

9.1

8.1

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

8.7

2.5

0.3

11.4

12.7

Australian Digital Health Agency

14.2

1.9

0.9

17.0

11.5

Australian Electoral Commission

8.2

2.0

0.4

10.6

14.9

Australian Financial Security Authority

9.6

2.2

0.3

12.1

12.5

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

8.2

2.9

0.4

11.6

15.7

Australian Human Rights Commission

5.5

2.2

0.4

8.0

7.3

Australian Inst. of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies

9.0

2.7

0.6

12.3

13.4

Australian Institute of Family Studies

5.0

6.2

0.1

11.3

10.2

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

8.2

2.4

0.7

11.3

11.5

Australian National Audit Office

7.6

1.9

0.3

9.8

10.6

Australian National Maritime Museum

6.6

1.7

0.8

9.2

9.2

Australian Office of Financial Management

5.1

3.3

0.3

8.7

9.0

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

8.6

2.7

0.6

11.9

15.5

Australian Public Service Commission

7.6

3.0

0.3

10.9

10.8

Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency

8.0

2.4

0.1

10.5

10.6

Australian Research Council

9.1

5.5

1.8

16.4

12.8

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

6.6

1.5

0.4

8.6

9.4

Australian Skills Quality Authority

9.2

1.3

0.2

10.7

12.5

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority*

5.4

1.4

0.2

6.9

5.6

Australian Taxation Office

9.3

2.2

0.4

11.9

11.6

Australian Trade Commission

7.9

1.9

0.3

10.0

9.9

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

6.0

2.0

0.2

8.2

10

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

7.4

2.0

0.4

9.8

9.3

Australian War Memorial

7.9

2.2

0.3

10.5

10.4

Bureau of Meteorology

7.2

2.5

0.2

9.9

11

Cancer Australia*

7.7

1.2

0.3

9.2

6.6

Clean Energy Regulator

12.9

2.7

1.2

16.8

13.2

Comcare

13.7

2.3

0.7

16.7

15.6

Commonwealth Grants Commission

4.9

2.1

0.2

7.2

11.3

Commonwealth Ombudsman

8.4

2.4

0.4

11.2

13.1

Communications and the Arts

9

2.5

0.4

11.9

11.4

Defence

10.7

2.3

0.3

13.3

12.9

Defence Housing Australia

8.1

2.3

0.3

10.7

11.5

Digital Transformation Agency

8.7

1.6

0.3

10.6

8.8

Director of Public Prosecutions

4.1

1.7

0.1

5.9

10.6

Education

10.6

3.0

0.4

14.1

13.6

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

10.3

3.0

0.3

13.6

13.7

Environment and Energy

9.5

2.0

0.4

12.0

12.1

Fair Work Commission*

7.1

1.3

0.7

9.2

9.9

Federal Court Statutory Agency

8.2

1.4

0.4

10.0

9.7

Finance

9.4

2.9

0.3

12.7

13.1

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

5.6

2.3

0.4

8.2

10.3

Foreign Affairs and Trade

7.8

2.4

0.2

10.3

10.1

Future Fund Management Agency

3.1

1.2

0.5

4.8

4.8

Geoscience Australia

7.5

2.4

0.2

10.1

11.0

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

8.3

3.0

4.3

15.6

11.5

Health

10.2

2.0

0.6

12.8

13.6

Home Affairs

11.9

3.2

0.6

15.7

15.0

IP Australia

9.7

2.8

0.2

12.7

12.1

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

12.1

2.7

0.1

14.9

13.6

Industry, Innovation and Science

9.0

1.8

0.2

11.0

10.9

Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

9.2

2.3

0.3

11.8

13.1

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

8.6

3.2

0.3

12.1

11.9

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

9.9

1.8

0.5

12.2

10.5

National Archives of Australia

12.4

3.1

0.2

15.7

17.1

National Blood Authority

7.6

1.4

0.3

9.3

10.4

National Capital Authority

7.2

2.5

1.9

11.6

12.2

National Disability Insurance Agency

10.6

2.0

0.7

13.3

12.8

National Film and Sound Archive

11.8

3.0

0.4

15.2

13.5

National Health Funding Body

7.5

1.9

0.4

9.8

9.9

National Health and Medical Research Council

8.7

2.2

0.2

11.1

10.9

National Library of Australia

11.0

2.7

0.4

14.2

14.1

National Museum of Australia

11.1

2.2

0.3

13.6

14.3

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

7.9

1.4

0.4

9.7

9.9

National Portrait Gallery

8.3

3.0

0.5

11.7

10.5

Office of National Intelligence

4.3

2.2

0.4

6.9

8.1

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

10.2

2.4

0.5

13.1

13.5

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

9.6

2.2

0.2

12.0

10.6

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

10.3

2.4

0.3

13.0

12.6

Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation

5.2

0.8

0.2

6.2

5.5

Organ and Tissue Authority

7.4

1.4

0.5

9.3

10.4

Prime Minister and Cabinet

10.6

2.5

0.4

13.4

13.6

Productivity Commission

7.5

2.2

0.7

10.3

8.9

Royal Australian Mint

11.7

2.4

0.4

14.5

8.0

Safe Work Australia

9.5

2.5

0.4

12.3

11.6

Services Australia

13.3

2.4

0.6

16.4

16.1

Social Services

10.8

2.5

0.3

13.6

13.4

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

4.7

1.1

0.3

6.1

8.7

Torres Strait Regional Authority

6.3

2.2

1.3

9.9

8.8

Treasury

7.6

1.8

0.3

9.7

9.9

Veterans' Affairs

12.9

2.3

0.3

15.5

13.8

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

8.4

1.0

0.6

10.0

8.4

*Agency provided headcount (not full time equivalent) data to be used in calculating unscheduled absence rates.